Let’s get this started! #IamKratom Day Let the world know #KratomSavesLives

#IAmKratom Day/Week Outline – PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018

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Reason: February 20 is an awareness launch day for the Kratom community. This is a day for the entire kratom community  to show friends/family, the FDA and the world, that the Kratom community is a wonderful group made up of normal people. Many people, myself included, have had trouble telling their friends/family about Kratom because they fear stigmatism. There has, unfortunately, been more bad press than good press about kratom. This is a way for us to all stick together and let the world know that we feel good about our healthy choice, we love kratom and we are willing to defend our rights. #IAmKratom

 

Mantra:

#IAmKratom

I Am a Friend. I Am a Family Member. I Am a Citizen. I Am a Taxpayer. I Am Somebody You Know. I am Healthy. I am Happy. I am Kratom.

 

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#IAmKratom Day Facebook Frames:

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Please, copy, post and share even if you do not personally use kratom. This is for the entire pro-kratom community to band together. Together #WeAreKratom

#IAmKratom I Am a Friend. I Am a Family Member. I Am a Citizen. I Am a Taxpayer. I Am Somebody You Know. I am Healthy. I am Happy. I am Kratom.

 

#IAmKratom – A good friend or family member of mine benefits from Kratom

#IAmKratom – I support the citizens’ right to make their own health/wellness choices

#IAmKratom – I choose natural remedies over chemical compounds

#IAmKratom – Kratom provides me with calm focus and enhances my work

#IAmKratom – Kratom has changed my life for the better

#IAmKratom – Kratom inspires me to live a healthy lifestyle

#IAmKratom – Kratom is an integral part of my fitness and wellness lifestyle

#IAmKratom – Kratom helped me defeat a dangerous addiction

#IAmKratom – Kratom is a cousin of the coffee plant, with similar characteristics

#IAmKratom – Kratom saves lives

#IAmKratom – I am humbled by nature’s gifts

 

Or, whatever you think best describes your personal kratom experience. Thank y’all so much! Please, remember the hashtag, #IAmKratom

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#SaveKratom CALL TO ACTION! Help #KeepKratomLegal #KratomSavesLives #Kratom needs YOUR help NOW…

 

PETITION: Demand President Trump Stop the Criminalization of Kratom!

 

Kratom Warriors:
As many of you know, we just announced that nine noted scientists, working with the American Kratom Association (AKA), authored a letter to President Trump’s White House Opioid Crisis Team Leader Kellyanne Conway andActing DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson.
In their letter, the scientists called out the FDA directly for their use of “bad science” when determining the safety profile of kratom.
And that’s why you and I must demand they disregard the FDA’s latest disinformation campaign against kratom.
There are organizations across the United States and within the Federal Government working day and night to criminalize kratom.
They don’t care about the truth, the science, or the disastrous impacts banning kratom would have on millions of Americans.
Below is the text of the petition being sent to President Trump and Ms. Conway:
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PETITION TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND KELLYANNE CONWAY
We the undersigned ask for your immediate action to protect the freedom of consumers to make their own health care decisions, and stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from their broad regulatory overreach and the criminalization of millions of Americans who use kratom.
Kratom is a safe herbal supplement that is used by Americans to manage their health and well-being. Many have found kratom to be an effective alternative pain management therapy to dangerously addictive and deadly opioids. Leading scientists have concluded that banning kratom will create an unsafe kratom black market, and force kratom users who manage acute or chronic pain to deadly opioids and will lead to increased opioid deaths in America.
Mr. President, we ask that you direct the FDA and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to research how kratom can best be used as both an alternative pain management therapy, and as a potential step-down from opioid addiction; and direct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to return the proposed scheduling recommendation for kratom to the FDA and NIDA for those additional studies — and leave those Americans who use kratom for their personal health and well-being alone!
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Once you sign this petition, please forward this email to friends, family and even neighbors. Even if they are not a kratom consumer, please try to get their help in supporting this petition.
It is only because of your continued support that we are able to keep fighting to protect kratom. Thank you for your immediate action today.

 

Dave Herman
American Kratom Association
#IAMKRATOM
#teamAKA
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#TeamAKA Demands FDA Stop Its Disinformation Campaign Against #Kratom #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom #KeepKratomLegal

AKA Demands FDA Stop Its Disinformation Campaign Against Kratom

Washington, D.C. – February 8, 2018 – Nine leading scientists in substance addiction and safety wrote to White House Opioid Crisis Team Leader Kellyanne Conway and Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson requesting they disregard the FDA’s latest disinformation campaign against kratom. The scientists warned that “four surveys indicate that kratom is presently serving as a lifeline away from strong, often dangerous opioids for many of the several million Americans who use kratom. A ban on kratom that would be imposed by CSA Scheduling would put them at risk of relapse to opioid use with the potential consequence of overdose death. Similar unintended consequences are to be expected in some who would be forced to use opioids to manage acute or chronic pain.”
These scientists were united in their “collective judgment that placing kratom into Schedule I will potentially increase the number of deaths of Americans caused by opioids . . .”
The nine leading scientists directly challenged the claims by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that kratom is an opioid by pointing out the “available science is clear that kratom, although having effects on opioid receptors in the brain, is distinct from classical opioids (e.g. morphine, heroin, oxycodone, etc.) in its chemistry, biological effects, and origin (kratom is a tree in the coffee family, not the opium poppy family). Importantly, as commonly used in raw plant form, it does not appear to produce the highly addictive euphoria or lethal respiratory depressing effects of classical opioids.”
David Herman, Chairman of the AKA, called upon FDA Commissioner Gottlieb to pull back the curtain on the “black box voodoo computer model” that was unveiled by the FDA to justify their continued ‘War on Kratom,’ this time claiming their computer model conclusively shows kratom is an opioid, and therefore had to be banned.
“The FDA hoax on kratom is equivalent to the stunt pulled by Philip Davis, a graduate student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, who got a nonsensical computer-generated paper accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, ” Herman explained. “Davis and his colleagues used SCIgen, a program that generates nonsensical computer science papers. The FDA must have used the same code to generate their false report on kratom being as dangerous as opioids.”
The nine respected scientists pointed out that “kratom provides a far more favorable safety profile for consumers compared to more dangerously addictive and potentially deadly classical opioid medications.” They also pointed out that the FDA’s solution – to file a new drug application for kratom – made no sense because “the average time and cost of new drug development is more than 10 years and 2.5 billion dollars.”
The scientists also attacked the bad science the FDA used to claim deaths from kratom use, pointing out that “the fatalities that the FDA lists as having been associated with kratom include deaths with a wide variety of apparent causes in people suffering from various diseases and/or taking other substances that also likely contributed to their deaths. For example, it includes 9 fatalities in Sweden that resulted from an adulterated product that included the active substance of the prescription opioid tramadol (leading Swedish authorities to conclude that those deaths were caused by O-desmethyltramadol, not kratom).
The assertion that a scheduling recommendation can be based on a claim of deaths ‘associated with kratom’ rather than deaths ’caused by kratom’ is not, in our judgment, either scientifically valid nor the standard that was contemplated by the U.S. Congress for the scheduling of any substance under the CSA.”
Finally, the nine scientists argued that American consumers should continue to have access to kratom. “We affirm our belief that the existing science on kratom does not justify its placement into Schedule I of the CSA, nor for kratom to be added to any local or state Controlled Substances list that would effectively remove it from consumer access.”
The letter and supporting documents can be found at:https://www.americankratom.org/science-letter-on-kratom
ABOUT AKA
The American Kratom Association (AKA), a consumer-based non-profit organization, is here to set the record straight about kratom and give a voice to those who are suffering and protect their rights to possess and consume kratom. AKA represents tens of thousands of Americans, each of whom have a unique story to tell about the virtues of kratom and its positive effects on their lives. http://www.americankratom.org
MEDIA CONTACT
Pete Candland, (703) 608-4649 — pete.candland@americankratom.org
Interviews with scientists signing the attached letter can be arranged by Mr. Candland.
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#VICTORY for #Kratom in Mississippi…Thanks to YOU! You helped to #SAVEKRATOM & #KEEPKRATOMLEGAL

Victory in Mississippi!

Your efforts to save kratom made a difference.

We are thrilled to share that we’ve successfully defended the state of Mississippi from passing two Kratom related ban bills! SB 2475 has been called dead due to not making it out of committee by the bill deadline, and HB 974 has been passed out of the committee with a due pass recommendation with the two lines related to banning Kratom removed. We could not have done this without you – thank you all for your calls, emails, and other efforts to educate legislators in Mississippi. We’re closely watching Kansas and West Virginia, so stay tuned for updates on how you can help those states too!

With gratitude,
Botanical Education Alliance

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Help #KeepKratomLegal in Kansas! #SaveKratom #KratomSavesLives Please Take ACTION & RETWEET!

                   Urgent action needed in Kansas.

Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill to ban kratom.

The Kansas State Legislature has introduced a bill to ban kratom, Senate Bill 282. It has been referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, where it will likely be scheduled for a hearing soon. The lawmakers on this committee need to hear from YOU, the kratom community, today.

You can contact ALL members of the Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee using our easy form. Please click below and take action now to keep kratom legal in Kansas.

Email Legislators Now

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Help #KeepKratomLegal because #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom

Your Invitation to Join the
American Kratom Association
Guardian of Our
Freedom Program
to Stop the Assault on Kratom
Kratom Warrior:
I just hung up from a call with our lobbying team who outlined the significant hotspots of anti-kratom activity both on the federal and state level.
I am not going to mince words, I am frustrated.
Anti-kratom activists, led by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, are committed to protecting the opioid manufacturers who are raking in billions of dollars every year by hooking honest Americans who are trying to manage chronic pain on highly addictive and potentially deadly opioids.
At the federal level, we continue to fight against the proposed scheduling recommendation for kratom made by the opioid manufacturer’s mouthpiece, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is allegedly conducting their own “independent” 8-Factor Analysis that requires them to find that kratom has a high potential for abuse and that it is deadly before they can schedule kratom.
Neither are true, and each one of us knows it.
But the facts do not seem to matter much to these bureaucrats who are all in the pockets of the opioid manufacturers.
Last week, 25 courageous Members of Congress stood up for kratom by putting their names on a letter to the DEA defending our freedoms, and now I hope you will stand with them against this outrageous overreach by the FDA and the DEA.
At the state level, the opioid manufacturers have deployed their lobbying teams to persuade state legislators to add kratom to the controlled substances list of individual states, effectively banning consumers from their freedom to make their own decisions on pain management and their health and well-being.
This is going to be a long, drawn-out fight, and I need your help today and throughout the year. This is not a one-time battle, it’s an all-out WAR.
The Board of Directors has authorized the creation of the AKAGuardian of Our Freedom program to ensure we have the funds to fight all year long.
I am asking you to make a commitment of $25 each month for the next 12 months to make certain we have the lobbying and public relations teams in place to fight for our freedoms.
It is a way to honor the 25 Members of Congress who stood with us today.
If you become an AKA Guardian of Our Freedom program, here is my commitment to you:
  • On the first Sunday of the month, each and every month, at 8:30 PM EST, you will be invited to a AKA Guardian of Our Freedom online briefing from our lobbying team.
  • You will receive an automatic email alert every time a significant action is taken on kratom at the federal or state levels.
  • Your name will be automatically added to every official AKA Guardian of Our Freedom communication we send to the Congress, the Executive Branch, and to state legislatures making the case for protecting our freedom to use kratom.
  • You can opt out of your monthly commitment at any time that you feel your investment is not yielding results.
I am asking for this help because, the truth is, our funds are running out. We have a plan for an aggressive counterpunch to the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to show that the science on kratom proves that it is neither highly addictive nor dangerously unsafe for use.
But we cannot do this without your help, your commitment, and this AKA Guardian of Our Freedom program will allow us to plan for the funds needed for sustained campaign.
There is no doubt in my mind that the FDA and the opioid manufacturers are twisting the arms of the DEA to rubberstamp their scheduling proposal for kratom.
I am equally confident that we can win this battle, but only if we make the sacrifices necessary to protect our freedoms.
Will you join me in fighting on your behalf?
Please click on the link below and sign up today to be an AKA Guardian of Our Freedom Warrior for kratom.
Thank you for all of your past support and accept my gratitude for your willingness to help now.
Sincerely,
Dave Herman, Chairman
American Kratom Association
On Social Media: please use
#IAMKRATOM #KRATOMSSAVESLIVES #KEEPKRATOMLEGAL
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Help #Legalize #Marijuana Your Help is NEEDED! #MedicalMarijuana

From: Marijuana Majority

Hi Joe,
2018 has already been a big year for legalization, and with the help of supporters like you, Marijuana Majority is committed to making it one of the biggest yet.

Eight states have legalized the commercial sales of marijuana, and now Vermont is joining Washington D.C. in legalizing home cultivation and personal possession. These states are now seeing the benefits of sensible cannabis policies, from raising tax revenue to freeing up police time for more important matters.

Unfortunately, NJ has not yet legalized marijuana. The good news is that our work is cut out for us. Take one minute to email your legislators and help legalize marijuana in your state.

Just six years ago, not a single state had legalized marijuana, and many claimed it would never happen. After eight states had done so by ballot initiative, many people then said it was inevitable, but that a state legislature would never do it. Now, Vermont has proven them wrong, and shown that anything is possible.

Marijuana reform is incredibly popular, and legalization enjoys more support than many politicians. State officials may be slow to change their stances, but the only way they’ll endorse or become champions of legalization is if they’re pressured by constituents like you.

Please do your part, and take a minute to ask your legislators to legalize marijuana in your state.

Tell NJ Reps

To Legalize Marijuana

Thank you!

 

 

Sam Tracy
Board Member
Marijuana Majority

 

P.S. Unlike legalization opponents, we have no giant corporations bankrolling our efforts. We can only continue to keep up our momentum in states and on the federal level if we have support from people like you. So please chip in to help us continue this work, if you can afford it.

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