#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.

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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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Easy form to contact your local rep in Congress to #KeepKratomLegal & #SaveKratom

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From the Botanical Education Alliance:

They represent you! Legislators can help

Keep Kratom Legal

Use this easy form to contact your representatives in Congress. Let them know you support kratom’s legality and urge them to sign two Dear Colleague Letters circulating in the House: the Polis/Brat letter to the FDA and the Pocan/LoBiondo letter to the DEA.
Contact your representatives here
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Please HELP #SaveKratom & #KeepKratomLegal because #KratomSavesLives #KratomSaves #IamKratom

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From the AKA:

Ask Your Representative to Support the Pocan/LoBiondo Letter To Make Sure the DEA Reviews the Science on Kratom

Kratom Warriors:

I know that everyone is busy preparing for the holidays, but I am writing because we need your help TODAY.

The DEA is preparing to publish its Notice to Schedule Kratom that will make every kratom user a criminal.

Make no mistake, that threat is real.

I am asking you to pick up the phone and call your member of Congress and ask them to sign onto the Pocan/LoBiondo letter; telling the DEA to follow the science, not the directive from the FDA to ban kratom.

YOU CAN VIEW THE LETTER HERE

Last year, more than 51 members of the House of Representatives cosigned a letter to the DEA.  That letter made a huge difference.

We now have a chance to stop the Notice to Schedule Kratom in its tracks, but it will not happen without your help today.

If you do not know the phone number for your member of Congress, you can just call the main US Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your Representative’s office.

When you talk to the staffer who answers the phone, tell them how important it is to you that your Representative in Congress sign the Pocan/LoBiondo kratom letter to the DEA.

We fought and won this battle last year, but we cannot drop the ball now that the FDA has renewed its war on kratom.

Please, pick up the phone and make the call immediately. Today is a critical day in the fight to protect kratom.

The DEA needs to know that we will fight to protect our freedom to make our own personal choices about our health and well-being, and we do not need big government telling us what to do or criminalizing the responsible use of a safe botanical.

Thank you for your support to keep kratom legal.

Dave Herman

#IAMKRATOM
#teamAKA
#KeepKratomLegal

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Info on an open letter from the AKA:

THE AMERICAN KRATOM ASSOCIATION DELIVERS “OPEN LETTER” TO ACTING DEA ADMINISTRATOR ROBERT W. PATTERSON ASKING DEA TO DO AN “INDEPENDENT 8-FACTOR ANALYSIS ON KRATOM”
“Over 18,000 Letter Co-Signers Request 2nd Opinion from DEA on Biased FDA Claims Against Kratom.  AKA asks DEA to Conduct an Independent 8-Factor Analysis to Test the Credibility of any potential FDA Scheduling Recommendation on Kratom”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 7, 2017 – The American Kratom Association (AKA) delivered its “Open Letter” to Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson, with over 18,000 co-signers from across the United States, asking the DEA to fulfill its statutory mandate to conduct a “thorough and independent 8-Factor Analysis on kratom to test the credibility of any potential scheduling recommendation submitted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

Dave Herman, chairman of the AKA, said: “The FDA has chosen to demonize kratom when it offers a safe alternative to opioids for Americans to manage pain. If the DEA accepts any FDA scheduling recommendation to ban kratom as a schedule I drug, more people will die in the current opioid crisis.  The American Kratom Association supports appropriate FDA regulations to ensure product quality to protect consumers from adulterated or contaminated products, but the FDA wants it regulated as a drug knowing that will effectively ban it.  We want the DEA to exercise its statutory obligation to conduct an independent 8-Factor Analysis and, if they do, they will reject this overreach of regulatory power by the FDA.”

Addiction expert Dr. Jack Henningfield, vice president of Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability at PinneyAssociates, said: “Recently there have been reports of kratom-associated deaths in the media. It is important to understand, and the FDA’s own data confirms this, that there has not been a single verified report of an acute poisoning death that we can say with certainty was caused by kratom use. Most of the kratom-associated deaths occurred in people who had various pre-existing illnesses and/or were taking multiple substances with known serious health risks that may have been significant contributors to or causes of the reported deaths. The contribution of kratom, if any, to these deaths, is not known.”

Dr. Henningfield added: “We need every asset to dig our way out of the deep hole that is the opioid crisis. We need to find a path for kratom to continue to realize its benefits to help keep kratom available as a path away from opioids, and to not replace the legal marketplace with the black market that will surely emerge in the vacuum of a lawful market. It makes no sense to take kratom out of the equation and risk avoidable opioid epidemic deaths.”

In the “Open Letter” to Robert W. Patterson, the Acting Director of the DEA, the AKA emphasized the following:

•    If kratom is banned, opioid deaths will increase.
•    Kratom is an alternative to opioids, not a gateway to opioid abuse. •    The AKA strongly supports appropriate FDA regulations to protect consumers.

AKA pointed out that it has delivered an independent 8-Factor Analysis that mirrors the same statutory requirements that should be applied to kratom as should have been used by the FDA, and that analysis concluded that kratom has been responsibly used by consumers for centuries, is not dangerously addictive, and is not an appropriate candidate for scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act.

Dave Herman added the following statement:  “The plain fact is kratom is used by millions of Americans to manage pain as a part of their personal choice for their health and well-being.  The FDA staff wants to expand its regulatory authority to strip Americans of their personal freedoms to make those choices, and they are hell-bent to criminalize kratom using false data and cooked-up stories to inflame public opinion and mislead Congress, state legislatures, and local government officials into a stampede to ban kratom. We trust the DEA will fulfill its statutory duty and reject any FDA scheduling recommendation for kratom.”

ABOUT AKA

The American Kratom Association, a consumer-based non-profit organization, is here to set the record straight, giving voice to those suffering and protecting our rights to possess and consume kratom. AKA represents tens of thousands of Americans, each of whom have an unique story to tell about the virtues of kratom and its positive effects on their lives. http://www.americankratom.org

#IAMKRATOM
#WeAreKratom
#keepkratomlegal
#teamAKA

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Pete Candland, Executive Director of the AKA, (703) 608-4649,  pete.candland@americankratom.org

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