What is the the Kratom Consumer Protection Act?
The Kratom Consumer Protection Act is proposed legislation written to safeguard kratom consumers on the State level
Mission statement of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA):
“This legislation looks to protect consumers by allowing them to continue to have access to kratom, while banning adulterated kratom protects. “ –American Kratom Association Webpage
With the American Kratom Association and the Botanical Education Alliance fighting defensively State by State throughout 2017 and 2018, it became apparent that a preemptive legislation was in order as Congressional Representatives, Governors, and Kratom Advocates all seemed to be landing on the same side of the issue of safety and accountability to the consumer and the public.
The KCPA aims to regulate the kratom industry from within, laying out guidelines for safe sourcing, product testing, cGMP Compliant packaging, manufacturing, distributing, and record keeping protocols. It also puts forth a distinct separation between pure Kratom products and anything that has been enhanced, adulterated or tampered with. The KCPA also includes guidelines for how to intercede and deal with companies that are not adhering to the strict regulatory operating principles or have distributed adulterated products.
Why we need the Kratom Consumer Protection Act
One of the largest issues we currently face in this industry is that not all Kratom products are what they claim. Many unscrupulous business and individuals have entered the market place with products that are not tested, not safely packaged, and not purely Kratom. This creates an environment where someone thinking they have purchased Kratom, are actually receiving a product that has anything from extracts to research chemicals mixed in.
Thus, if someone has an adverse reaction to the adulterants in the product they’ve purchased, “Kratom” in general takes the blame. It’s a case of mistaken identity and fraudulent sales on the part of these distributors, in which the entire Kratom Community pays the price.
Being that almost every negative report about Kratom stems from an adulterated product, the KCPA is specifically designed to separate and define that which is safe and that which is not safe, so that state legislators can be informed and make the right decision for their constituents who are Kratom enthusiasts.
We’ve come a very long way since September of 2016! As of this writing, the KCPA, or a version of it has passed, or is pending in these great states:
The KCPA is pending in these states:
- New York