DEA Kratom ban delayed indefinitely
“While the DEA originally considered the herbal supplement a public health threat, the decision to delay the ban could possibly lead to a complete reversal of the agency’s stance. ”
“If the DEA gets its way, more people who struggle with addiction will be criminalized,” according to a statement by Jag Davies, director of communications strategy at the Drug Policy Alliance, a New York–based nonprofit that is against the DEA’s kratom ban. In addition, a letter sent to the acting administrator of the DEA signed by 51 lawmakers requesting the agency allow for public comment and additional research before outright banning the substance probably played a part. A separate letter sent to the DEA from Senator Orrin Hatch asked why the agency considered banning kratom such a critical issue and reminded the agency not to overstep its authority when it comes to the reclassification as a Schedule I drug.