By Triumph Kratom | October 21, 2019
The natural product mitragyna speciosa, also known as kratom, has grown in importance for those who are inclined to seek out traditional and alternative medical practices. Composed of the leaves from the tree that has its roots in the tropical region of Southeast Asia, kratom was a staple remedy for those living there for centuries.
Its appeal broke ground in the West, catching on in Europe first then in the United States around 2010. Over the next few years, kratom became popular and more widely available both online and in retail stores. But this didn’t come without any adverse situations, and the federal government
became concerned with the rise in cases where users became ill while consuming kratom.
Believing these incidents were solely related to the natural botanical, in 2016 there was a move made by the Drug Enforcement Agency to classify kratom as a Schedule I drug which would have put it under the same ban as heroin. This was shelved after public opposition from advocacy groups supported by members of Congress who wanted more exploration of kratom’s possible benefits.
This left it up to the local and state governments to determine their attitudes and the best way to treat kratom laws in each state.
Michigan’s population became more aware of kratom online, due to the prevalence of the natural product being offered through retailers on the Internet, often unregulated and untested. These individuals who initially used it were hopeful of its ability to relieve them of chronic pain that they had been dealing with as a result of certain disorders and surgical procedures. Others were hopeful kratom would be helpful in dealing with anxiety issues and insomnia. Word spread, and still people in Michigan more became drawn to kratom because they felt it may offer a route to help them wean themselves off of prescription opioids that they had become addicted to.
This led to more of a demand, which was filled by specialty shops that sold products like CBD oils and herbal supplements as well as a few convenience stores across the state. With this rise in notoriety, there was some light shed on the ill effects kratom had on some users. Law enforcement officials in Michigan took notice of a few cases of poisoning in places like Troy due to kratom usage in 2017. This led to the discovery of salmonella-tainted kratom products that were being sold to the public.
Subsequently, Michigan officials took action to address online kratom sales as well as brick and mortar retailers selling the botanical.
At the moment, kratom is legal to possess, purchase and use in the state of Michigan. The state’s health board did put out a specific warning regarding kratom to residents in 2018. This was in conjunction with the Center For Disease Control which had issued their own warning statement previously.
One Michigan state senator, Dr. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek), introduced a bill in August 2019 that would regulate kratom in the state. This initiative,
Senate Bill 433, would allow kratom usage but only with a prescription. Prior to this, the state House had introduced House Bill 5707 in 2014 to classify kratom as a controlled substance to be further examined and possibly regulated but it didn’t gain traction.
These actions haven’t prevented prosecution of those possessing kratom, with one person being prosecuted in Royal Oak for illegally importing it in May of 2019.
The fate of kratom in Michigan remains to be decided, and updates to ongoing legislation will surely reveal what direction the state takes.
For more information on kratom laws across the country, check out our Kratom Legality Map.
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