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Authorities that lost the war on weed pick a fight with a new plant, kratom

Is the government in bed with big pharma? Six attempts to talk to a live person at the FDA were unsuccessful. Lindsay Meyer, spokesperson for the FDA, denied it, emailing us a statement saying there is no collusion … Forty-seven years ago, the authorities went to war on a plant. It was a mistake. This year, the FDA, the DEA and local health departments are picking a fight with a new leafy plant — kratom.

Folks [in Colorado and elsewhere] are asking that the authorities regulate the plant like marijuana. Faith Day is one of them. “Kratom gave me my life back. I will always fight for this,” she says. “I will always say, ‘It’s safe like coffee. Back off.'” Faith Day is one of many people fed up with the nonsense of another war on nature, another plant vs. police dustup. After the FDA left her shop, Day took part of the paperwork that threatens her with a $100,000 fine and tore it in half. … “They make so much money off the opioids. I really think the pressure on the feds is from those lobbyists for Merck and the other companies,” says Margaret Steele, the lawyer representing Clean Wellness Center… The government is acting as industry’s heavy, muscling out kratom shops so pill mills keep rolling. “They don’t want (kratom) competing with them.”

Original Article (The Rooster):
Authorities that lost the war on weed pick a fight with a new plant, kratom
Artwork Fair Use: LadyofProcrastination

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