Unfortunately for kratom lovers in Wisconsin, the Badger State decided to ban the beneficial herb in 2014. That’s when the State Senate included mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, the primary kratom alkaloids in the controlled substances. This made any kratom product including raw leaf kratom powder illegal.
A number of petitions and actions aimed to decriminalize kratom; however; none of them succeeded.
Nonetheless, the most recent developments regarding the kratom Wisconsin ban may have a positive outcome.
Kratom Wisconsin Senate Health Committee Hearing in October 2019
Representatives of the American Kratom Association traveled to Wisconsin in October 2019. There, they took part in a hearing with the Wisconsin Health Committee.
Addiction researcher Dr. Jack Henningfield, who was one of the main people performing the Kratom 8-FactorAnalysis as well as the person who released a thought-provoking critique the review on kratom use and toxicity in the United States, accompanied them. So did Utah Senator Curt Bramble, who became the first US senator to pass the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
They were joined by two Wisconsinites and kratom buyers who are no longer able to buy kratom under the existing legislation. These people shared their kratom stories demonstrating the positive effect that kratom had on their lives.
The two-hour hearing turned out to be a success. The legislators were moved by the stories of positive kratom experiences.
The AKA stated that a bill to reverse the kratom Wisconsin ban and pass KCPA instead will be filed in the following weeks.
If this bill succeeds, kratom will no longer be illegal, but there will be statewide laws that will regulate the sales, manufacture, distribution, and possession of kratom.
While individual states may modify the wording of the bill, the KCPA aims to ensure that any kratom product that can reach a Wisconsin resident or visitor is high-quality, pure, free of contaminants, adulterants, and any other substances that may endanger the safety of buyers. Kratom products sold in a state that has passed the KCPA must label all products. They should also ensure that the levels of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are stated on the label and correspond to the state regulations.
A successful outcome of this bill will ensure that only pure and quality kratom products reach buyers.
How to Support the American Kratom Association and Decriminalization of Kratom
Kratom lovers both within and outside Wisconsin can support the AKA by offering donations that enable the association to continue working on its mission to keep pure and high-quality kratom legal and accessible to the American population.
In addition to that, the AKA also has issued a Kratom Advocacy Toolkit. It is a series of documents, various studies, and a webinar that aim to deepen the understanding of kratom. They also educate kratom advocates and supporters on how to properly represent the herb.
We also urge any Wisconsin residents and visitors to be respectful of the existing regulations. Even if kratom may be decriminalized, it still remains illegal. Therefore, until the KCPA passes, we advise you not to purchase or import kratom into the state.
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