The Kratom Consumer Protection Act (or KCPA) has changed the Kratom world for the better. The bill, which was proposed by members of American Kratom Association (or AKA) alongside Botanical Education Alliance (or BEA), seeks to make the use of Kratom as safe as possible, especially in the wake of incidents where some unscrupulous Kratom vendors have been accused of selling adulterated or contaminated Kratom.
Lots of concerns have been raised regarding this bill—some positive and others negative—which can be confusing to a new vendor or somebody who’s not well-accustomed with Kratom-related legal matters. To keep you on the loop, here are seven facts Kratom vendors need to know about Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
Not all state have passed it
Although some states have signed the bill, a bigger percentage of states are yet to sign it. Most of these states are waiting for their respective senates to review the bill and then pass it. Some of the states that have already signed the bill include Utah, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada.
It might not be enacted in some states
Although the bill has received considerable support in many states, some states are still reluctant to pass it. Other states are taking too long to start reviewing the bill while some states, such as Oregon, have shown outright rejection of the bill. In Rhode Island, where Kratom is prohibited, the bill will not be enacted since enacting it would only serve to reverse the ban.
It will have a considerable impact on the Kratom industry
The Kratom Consumer Protection Act seeks to introduce changes regarding the sale and consumption of Kratom in all states across the nation. The AKA actively acknowledges that the bill will have a positive impact on every state’s Kratom industry. For instance, Kratom retailers will be under obligation to produce high-quality Kratom products, while the consumers would feel much safer consuming these products. Either way, the bill is a win-win for all the players in the industry.
The future of the bill is bright
The fact that most states have signed and reviewed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act shows that there is hope that the bill will be protected. The AKA remains committed to pushing state legislations and other interested parties continue to support such efforts. The future of the bill is, therefore, bright and the Kratom industry is well protected as a whole.
The bill has given the Kratom industry a lifeline
The DEA had announced that it intended to prohibit the sale and use of Kratom in the whole country in 2016. The move received a considerable backlash, especially from all parties in the Kratom industry. Kratom users and retailers expressed constant support for this herb in multiple ways. For instance, some users started sending opposing letters to the FDA, while some vendors were busy signing petitions seeking to counter DEA’s intentions. Although DEA had initially threatened to kill the industry, the introduction of the famous Kratom Consumer Protection Act breathed life into the Kratom industry. Instead of seeing Kratom as a potentially dangerous herb, the bill prompted people to start thinking of how the herb could be used safely. In other words, the bill has handed the industry a lifeline.
It advocates for responsible Kratom legislation
Critics of Kratom argue that the herb can lead to a host of adverse effects and that’s why they are lobbying for the complete banning of the herb. Nevertheless, Kratom Consumer Protection Act doesn’t exist to advocate for the use of Kratom. Instead, the bill seeks to advocate for responsible Kratom legislation. The proponents of the bill seek to protect people from mislabeled or contaminated products.
Each state will have its version of the bill
The recommendations of this bill will be subject to review by every state’s senate. As such, each state will have a version of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act that applies to its Kratom industry.
Although the future of Kratom seemed uncertain in recent years, the Kratom Consumer Protection Act has been a big step forward for every state’s Kratom community. Kratom enthusiasts can only look forward to similar legislations shortly.