Ohio Board of Pharmacy Recommendation to Schedule #Kratom Even Though #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom #KratomWarriors

 

Reaction to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy

Recommendation to Schedule Kratom

Dear Kratom Warriors:

The American Kratom Association (AKA) is very disappointed at the decision of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to recommend the advancement of the proposal to add kratom to Schedule I in the Ohio Controlled Substances statute. This action was taken at the behest of the FDA despite the evidence that was presented showing conclusively that the science directly contradicts the false claims by the FDA.

Members of the Board of Pharmacy are fully aware that the kratom community is actively pursuing a Kratom Consumer Protection Act in Ohio. Our lobbyist reports the Board of Pharmacy staff sees the kratom issue running on two “parallel tracks” over the next several months: one legislative, one administrative. If the Ohio Legislature passes our proposed legislation, the scheduling recommendation would simply die.

The scheduling of kratom will continue with a requirement that the Board’s staff will publish a Business Impact Analysis. The proposed scheduling will be reviewed by the Ohio Lt. Governor’s office in a procedure known as the “Common Sense Initiative” that reviews the impact of proposed regulations on Ohio businesses. The Common Sense Initiative is designed to propel job and economic growth in Ohio, and to improve Ohio’s regulatory climate.  The Board of Pharmacy’s scheduling proposal will have exactly the opposite effect, and we will work hard to make that case.

After the Common Sense Initiative review is completed, the recommended scheduling will then go to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review of the Ohio Legislature where kratom advocates will be able to provide public testimony on the truth about kratom.

All the while, the AKA is working with several legislators to sponsor the Kratom Consumer Protection Act in the Ohio Legislature.

Sincerely,

The American Kratom Association

American Kratom Association

5501 Merchants View Square #202

Haymarket, VA 20169

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