On August 4, 2016 U.S. Marshals acting under the direction of the FDA seized more than 100 cases of kratom belonging to Nature Therapeutics LLC in Grover Beach, California. The product was worth nearly $150,000. Kratom is not a controlled substance, so possessing it is not against the law in the United States or in California. However, because kratom has been found by consumers who purchase it to have some therapeutic value as a natural remedy, the FDA alleges that it has the right to regulate and impede its distribution and sale.
The FDA Press Announcement from August 4, 2016 reads as follows:
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILED THE COMPLAINT, ON BEHALF OF THE FDA, IN THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, ALLEGING THAT THE SEIZED KRATOM PRODUCTS ARE UNAPPROVED NEW DRUGS AND MISBRANDED DRUGS UNDER THE FEDERAL FOOD, DRUG, AND COSMETIC ACT.
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