DEA Drops Ban on Herbal Supplement Kratom
In a notice set to be published Thursday in the Federal Register, the agency said it was withdrawing its plan to add two psychoactive components of the plant, known as kratom, to the list of the most dangerous drugs.
The drug agency said it will now wait for a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration and take more comments from the public before deciding on kratom’s fate. The public has until Dec. 1 to comment.
For now that means that kratom, a little-known plant native to Southeast Asia, remains legal under federal law. Six states, however, have opted to ban kratom or its components.
Elsewhere, I read that the DEA's decision was based heavily on the massive public outcry in response to the proposed ban. The agency received far more comments than is usual for these proposed administrative moves.
EDIT: Shit, sorry, I was wrong. That article is from October. I thought I saw somewhere else that they were dropping the ban after the comment period. That hasn't happened.
Edited by Sidestreet, 30 December 2016 - 11:48 AM.