“So long as it’s pure, properly labelled and there’s disclosures.”
What is the Kratom Consumer Protection Act?
The Kratom Consumer Protection Act, also known as S.B. 58, was recently signed into law in Utah by Governor Gary Herbert. In the face of the ever-looming whispers of a federal kratom ban, the news of any sort of legislation surrounding the topic of kratom can often be frightening to those who take kratom regularly either for recreation or because it has given them back the quality of life that ailments such as chronic pain and opioid dependency once robbed them of. However, for members of the kratom community in Utah, this law may actually improve your kratom experience. The bill puts forward a number of regulations made to combat the real issues that have created the current controversies surrounding kratom.
Many of us are aware that there have been recalls due to contamination of kratom products from certain vendors who threw caution to wind, and thus gave a bad reputation to all of us who take the safety and well being of our customers seriously. The Kratom Consumer Protection Act thus adequately responds to this by requiring vendors to make sure their kratom products are free of any adulterants or other poisonous agents, which includes, but is not limited to, controlled substances, heavy metals and biological contaminants such as salmonella, all of which have been the causes of consumer harm and product recalls in the past.
The bill also sets an upward limit on 7-hydroxymitragynine content in kratom products. 7-hydroxymitragynine is one of the two main psychoactive alkaloids found in kratom (the other being mitragynine), and is likely responsible for a great deal of kratom’s pain-killing and euphoria-inducing properties. However, the upward limit is rather on the high side, falling at 2% of total alkaloid content. This means that all kratom producers selling kratom products in Utah will have to test their products and display the alkaloid contents on the packaging, thus allowing for consumers to have a better idea of the strength of their products and thus find their appropriate dosages more easily. Rest assured, your kratom products will not be significantly weaker, as according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2% of total alkaloid content seems to naturally be the highest level of 7-hydroxymitragynine found in most kratom products.
In addition to the requirements for regulation of the strength and contents of kratom products sold in Utah, the bill also makes it illegal for minors under the age of 18 to purchase any sort of kratom product. It also allows for the victims of any violations of these regulations, for example a consumer who got salmonella poisoning from a contaminated kratom product, to take civil action against the producer of the product who failed to uphold the standards set by S.B. 58.
Thus, fear not. If this bill shows us anything it is that at least some legislators are waking up and actually looking past the drug hysteria that one can easily find local media outlets pushing, in order to address the actual issues affecting the people who take kratom and make sure that they are able to do so safely.
On April 15th, the Kratom Consumer Protection Act passed the Arizona State Senate on a 28-0 vote. Not only in Arizona, but back in Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the the Kratom Consumer Protection Act making it official.