Earlier this year, Alabama passed a bill that put the ingredients found in Kratom on the list of controlled substances. Now, according to a piece from Alabama Public Radio, the Drug Enforcement Agency has stated that it intends to classify Kratom as a Schedule 1 drug, the same category that contains heroin and LSD.
People who have been using the drug legally up until now need to be aware that if they are caught in possession of Kratom, making Kratom or selling Kratom, they could face serious criminal charges. Businesses that have been legally buying and selling Kratom and products with the ingredients used to make Kratom (mitragynine and hydroxymitragynine) need to be aware that they could run afoul of state and now possibly federal law if they continue to do so.
Is The Ban A Good Thing?
The leaves of a small tree native to Southeast Asia that are used to make Kratom are similar to tea leaves. They are often crushed, mixed with water and consumed like tea as well. Also like tea, they have been used for thousands of years.
Today, many of the people who use Kratom do so to manage chronic pain. They use it as an alternative to prescription painkillers, which they claim are more addicting. Other people use Kratom as a stepping stone away from more serious drugs.
The DEA, however, has attributed 15 deaths to Kratom over the last few years, and others believe that it is becoming a serious problem. The wheels seem to be in motion to begin arresting, charging and convicting people for using this drug.
Arrested For A Drug Crime?
If you are arrested on a Kratom charge or any other drug charge, you have the right to enlist an experienced attorney. At Russo White & Keller P.C., we are committed to protecting you from the tough consequences of drug charges in Alabama. We will work hard to help you avoid fines, to keep you out from behind bars and, when appropriate, to get the treatment you need to address a drug addiction issue. Consultations are free.