Spirituality

Bipartisan congressional lawmakers… resist international kratom ban

If a decision is made to internationally schedule the substance, that could have immediate domestic implications, the Lee and Pocan said. The treaty obligation “forfeits the will of the American people, ties the United States to the whims of the majority of international actors, and diminishes the need for public health experts to thoroughly evaluate substances that lead to domestic decisions based on evidence and data,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter earlier this month.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) recently sent a letter to the secretary of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services and the country’s United Nations (UN) ambassador. They asked that the U.S. “oppose any effort to add kratom and its alkaloids to the 1971 UN Convention on psychotropic substances as a banned substance.” … “It is critical that federal officials at Health and Human Services and our representatives to the UN stand firmly in defense of the will of the American people and not allow the whims of international actors to dictate our domestic policy,” Haddow said … “If there were a decision to schedule kratom internationally, we would be obligated under that treaty to commence scheduling procedures for kratom in the United States under the Controlled Substances Act,” he said. “And if that were to happen, it’s complete end run by the FDA, where they can’t justify scheduling here in the United States.”

Original Article (Marijuana Moment):
Bipartisan congressional lawmakers urge US to resist international kratom ban
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