February 12th, 2021
OKLAHOMA HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSES THE KCPA ON A UNANIMOUS VOTE – THE BILL NOW MOVES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR DEBATE AND PASSAGE
The Oklahoma House Committee on Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances voted 10-0 to approve HB1784 and send the KCPA to the House Floor. Last year, prior to COVID that shut down most Legislatures, the KCPA passed unanimously in the Oklahoma House. The AKA thanks Representatives Pae & Senator Paxton for their outstanding efforts to protect kratom consumers.
SOUTH DAKOTA COMMERCE AND ENERGY COMMITTEE REJECTS ATTEMPT TO BAN KRATOM AND RECOMMENDS A BAN ON SALES TO 21 AND UNDER – AND COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PLEDGES TO WORK ON THE FULL KCPA
Representative Carl Perry has sponsored legislation to ban kratom for the past two years in South Dakota that has been motivated by the FDA’s anti-kratom disinformation campaign. Last year the Committee voted to kill the proposed ban, and this year Representative Perry used a trick to file what is known as a “Hoghouse-Vehicle Bill” that allows a sponsor to file a blank bill. That was a clear attempt to hide the attempt this year by Representative Perry to ban kratom, but diligent kratom advocates sniffed out the subterfuge.
The Commerce and Energy Committee unanimously agreed to one of the KCPA provisions on banning sales to minors, and the Committee Chairman pledged to work with the AKA on the full KCPA to protect kratom consumers. We applaud Representative Perry for his willingness to work with us to responsibly regulate kratom and prevent dangerously adulterated kratom products.