By Triumph Kratom | October 21, 2019
Humankind’s usage of natural remedies as a means to alleviate certain conditions has been part of society for centuries. Some of these have had a smooth journey of discovery, exploration and acceptance. For others, the process has been more turbulent and more wrought with concern. This is certainly the case when it comes to kratom.
Kratom, scientifically referred to as mitragyna speciosa, first emerged in the mid-19th Century in Southeast Asia. Derived from the leaves of this plant, kratom was used as an analgesic to relieve pain both topically and orally. It was also used as a digestive aid. This popularity grew and spread out to the West, reaching the United States in 2010 initially. Kratom became quite popular within certain swaths of the American population, and naturally, it caught the attention of the federal government.
The federal entities of the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Food & Drug Association began to notice troubling situations with those using kratom including toxicity, adverse effects and even death in some cases. Convinced that kratom was a prime culprit, the DEA wanted to issue a classification on it that would have banned the natural product for use across the country. They delayed doing so after encountering a great deal of public opposition from researchers
and individuals who spoke to kratom’s benefits.
This situation meant that the states and local governments had to determine their next course of action with regards to kratom.
Residents in Arizona first encountered kratom online, through certain retailers on the Internet who were highly unregulated. Those who chose to partake felt that kratom was a boon in helping them deal with relieving certain conditions of chronic pain, and also to help with getting free from an addiction to
opioids that had been prescribed to them for various medical reasons.
With this buzz that was generated from word of mouth and testimonials, the demand for kratom in Arizona saw an uptick. Kratom was quickly made available in gas stations and specialty shops in certain parts of Arizona.
But there were soon issues that arose with kratom’s widened availability. One of these lay in certain batches of kratom and its related products being tainted with salmonella. One of these cases of tainting that were counted on a nationwide basis was detected in Arizona. These instances, in combination with a rise in deaths that were thought to be related to kratom had many authorities concerned about kratom’s availability in Arizona being unchecked.
Currently, kratom is legal to possess and purchase in the state of Arizona. The state legislature put together House Bill 2520 early in 2019. This measure is referred to as the “Kratom Consumer Protection Act”, and was sponsored by House Rep. Tony Rivolo, R-Peoria. This bill was voted on and approved by the House and then the state Senate in April, with Governor Doug Ducey signing it into law on April 30th, 2019.
It prohibits the sale of kratom and related products to anyone under the age of 18. In addition, those retailers who are selling kratom have to ensure that it is labeled with the proper guidelines and caution warnings for the public. The governor did express that his reasoning for signing the bill was to prevent minors from being exposed to kratom without any guidelines in place.
This legislation positions Arizona as one of only four states to have firm kratom regulation on the books.
For more information on kratom laws across the country, check out our Kratom Legality Map.
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