The History of Kratom in Michigan
Federal and State.
Its caused quite a stir in our country. And we still aren’t sure how it works, not all the way.
But it has allowed for interesting microcosms of legal experiment to occur.
In regards to Kratom in Michigan, we’ve followed a winding story that tracks kratom, the states view of it, and attempts by lawmakers to regulate and understand it. This is Michigan Kratom.
The Midwest often has fun poked at it – rightfully so – for a fixation of family values on a more conservative lifestyle. This is in many regards true, particularly in regards to kratom – half the states where kratom is illegal are in the Midwest, and Indiana is nationally reputed for retaining prohibition area laws regarding marijuana and alcohol.
But Michigan has always been different. Perhaps its due to the diversity of its populace. Dearborn Heights is one the largest Muslim communities in America. Detroit, Saginaw, and Flint are known for their diversity. Perhaps it is such that Michigan has always been on the cutting edge of progressive societal changes. It was one of the first states to adopt Civil Rights protections. Michigan adopted medical marijuana well before the rest of the nation. And kratom, and the kratom community has long been safe in Michigan.
But It hasn’t been without its ups and downs.
Kratom in Michigan
While 2016 almost saw a federal ban on kratom, state laws have varied. States like Wisconsin and Indiana have long held a grudge against personal agency – ironic given the strictures of their historical political leanings – to the extent that even the procurement of CBD was seen as a massive step forward for Wisconsin, despite the needs of children who were suffering gravely from seizures. Kratom was banned years ago in these states based on scientifically defunct data – specifically, stating that kratom is an opioid. This is simply not factual. Even the CDC, on their website, specifically states; “Kratom is not an opiod.”
While the American Kratom Association works on overturning laws in those states, Michigans progressive edge has kept kratom protected. But it has not been without a journey.
In 2014, Michigan legislators opened the books on kratom. They considered a law in 2014 to regulate, though not outright ban kratom. It would have created more strict laws regarding the dispensation of kratom, including age limits. However, due to a lack of scientific certainty, the law died in the chamber.
The Future of Kratom in Michigan
But now things are taking a turn. Despite the AKA’s pledge – and success – to protect kratom, Michigan lawmakers are considering making kratom a schedule II drug – which, in essence, could end up banning kratom in Michigan.
That’s right – kratom would be next right to meth, cocaine, and fetynal.
Nevermind that thousands have joined in a chorus of “kratom has saved my life.” (You don’t often hear that about cocaine, mind you.) Nevermind that the science suggests incredible potential for kratom. Nevermind that the scourge of the opioid epidemic is at an all time high in this country, and that countless people have used kratom to take their life back.
For all the good that kratom had done, the national crusade by the DEA is having a trickle down effect; and for all the work the AKA is putting into protecting the kratom community, lawmakers in states – even states as progressive as Michigan – are making threats to ban kratom.
The kratom community is no longer on the margins.
2016 showed that the community was a force, and with the American Kratom Association leading the way, the community can fight for its protections.
Michigan must not be allowed to go the way of other, less progressive states.
Peace and Love,