OPPOSE SB 136: BANNING THE KRATOM HERB

Published on 21 February 2016 by Bill in State Legislative Alerts

FROM TAKE BACK KENTUCKY!

 

 

Take Back Kentucky Legislative Action Alert

Oppose: Senate Bill 136: Banning of the Kratom Herb

2/22/2016

Call 1-800-372-7181

Sponsor(s):                 W. Westerfield

Status:                       

  • Jan 28, 2016 – introduced in Senate
  • Feb 01, 2016 – to Judiciary (S)
  • Feb 11, 2016 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
  • Feb 12, 2016 – 2nd reading, to Rules
  • Feb 17, 2016 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 18, 2016
  • Feb 18, 2016 – 3rd reading, passed 35-1-1 with Committee Substitute (1)
  • Feb 19, 2016 – received in House

Committee:                N/A – Most likely will go to the House Judiciary Committee

Timeframe:                 NOW

Message is for:           All House Leadership, YOUR Representative, and the Members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Message:                     “Oppose SB 136. Stop banning natural herbs that help people. Stop lining the pockets of big pharmaceutical companies, stop interfering in the free market. Remove the language regarding the herb Kratom”

Optional:                    E-mail the legislators on the committee. Example e-mail address: Firstname.Lastname@lrc.ky.gov . If that doesn’t work they have a contact page on their informational page.

Information:               The original bill was fine as it related to prescription authority for hydrocodone. However, a committee sub added to the bill a ban on Kratom. Kratom is a natural herb that is not dangerous and is used as a natural pain killer in place of stronger prescription pain killers. Some states have attempted to ban this drug such as Florida and Louisiana, but are now reversing their decisions and putting age restrictions on it instead. Doesn’t matter if it is something good or bad, Kentucky is always behind other states. If this legislation passes is will hurt many small businesses in this state, while helping big pharma eliminating another safe natural alternative.

CONTINUE READING…

 

EXCERPT of SB 136

A  person  is  guilty  of  trafficking  in  a  controlled  substance  in  the  second  degree
when:
(a)
He or she knowingly and unlawfully traffics in:
1.
Ten  (10)  or  more  dosage  units  of  a  controlled  substance  classified  in
Schedules  I  and  II  that  is  not  a  narcotic  drug;  or  specified  in  KRS
218A.1412,  and  which  is  not  a  synthetic  drug,  salvia,
kratom, or marijuana…LINK to PDF

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