08.31.2016
policy

Chill/No-Chill: The DEA Intends To Make Kratom Schedule I

Kratom, a plant-based drug considered by some people to be a worthy candidate as an alternative treatment to opioid addiction—and seen by skeptics somewhere along the lines of "bath salts," and other bad drugs––could also soon be a Schedule I narcotic. 

According to Forbes, "The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has filed a notice of intent to place the southeast Asian plant [sic] to the most restrictive classification of the Controlled Substances Act." The DEA-filing means kratom will become temporarily Schedule I as of September 30. 

Is the increase-in-kratom research that is going down, and the drug's relevance in the larger discussion of U.S. drug policy reason enough to keep kratom at least as legally chill as it currently is? Or is kratom just no-chill? 

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