a reply to: NthOther
I am glad to see that most agree this is absolutely ridiculous, and makes no sense, whatsoever, regarding policy. Why are they making this a Schedule
1 substance? To protect the American people? I think not, as there are many dangerous things out there that take more lives than this substance!
I experimented with Kratom a few years ago, and did not find it appealing, at all. It kinda made me sick to my stomach, but was really just a bit
uncomfortable for a couple hours, and had no long term side effects. I'm glad I got a chance to try it, but doubt highly I would ever do it again.
Others that I know swear by it, and have used it to kick opiate addiction, successfully. Another friend used it to treat pain from having sprained her
wrist, and had issues with opiates and other pain medication. It is just absurd to deny people the God given right to ingest whatever they wish.
Comparably, I think freedom of religion or to even choose who you associate with fall well below choosing what to ingest, as far as rights are
concerned. Nobody would tell you that you must be a Catholic, or that the Baptist church has become outlawed (although by the look of things, it might
not be too far off). Why should anyone, save those that are not of sound mind or too young to know any better, be denied what they choose to put into
their own bodies, for whatever personal reason they may have?
I live in Oregon where marijuana has become legal (at least on a state level, Federally it is still a Schedule 1) and you know what has happened here
since its change of status? Not much. The sky didn't fall. There was no great increase in accidents, crime, or deviancy. It was basically a non event,
and other than smelling its aroma a bit more around town, I've noticed absolutely nothing negative from its legalization. Sure, there are always going
to be a few dumbasses who do stupid stuff and happen to be using said substance while being idiots, but if that is the problem, then outlaw idiocy,
not pot, or anything else for that matter! Wait, we'd probably have to lock up many legislators, and organizations like the DEA, if that were the
case. (which, if you believe in personal freedom, does not sound like a half bad idea).
Who allows this to happen? I don't believe that 'we, the people' are demanding Kratom be removed from shelves. Hell, I would guess a majority of folks
don't even know what it is. So, how can the DEA even justify such a ruling? Was there a study done that found it to be a huge health risk that was
going to reach epidemic proportions, and they are preempting this horrible fate? In fact, were any scientific studies cited for the reason it should
be classed as a Schedule 1? Is there any rhyme or reason as to why they chose to do this? And, even so, has the drug war, when given a unbiased,
completely logical once over proved to be a even nominal success? They keep showing us figures regarding increased drug use to justify increased
spending, so if it has only increased use, I would have to say it not only hasn't worked, but it has caused things to get even worse! I won't even
begin about the 'legal' drugs and pharmaceuticals that for whatever reason, are mostly ignored by these bullying tyrants! I would hasten to bet that
Pokeman Go is causing more harm than Kratom, and no one seems to be up in arms about that!
I am kind of jaded regarding the effectiveness of our present government, but would like to suggest to everyone to write your congressman, and tell
them that you do not like freedom to be chipped away from the people, as this new ruling has. Even if you don't touch the stuff, like me, it is not
about Kratom, rather it is about your right to choose, and (I almost forgot to mention) and a misuse of your tax dollars to fight against said
freedom!Probably won't do much good, but at least it is something we can do, to get our voices heard. Remember, today Kratom, tomorrow, our
enslavement. I wish that were a joke.