The governor of Colorado has signed a bill that provides a regulatory framework for the legal sale of kratom, a plant that advocates say can serve as a safer alternative to opioids and also help treat symptoms of addiction withdrawal.
The signing of the Regulation Of Kratom Processors Act, sponsored by Sen. Joann Ginal (D), makes Colorado the eighth state to take this kind of legislative approach to the substance at a time when calls for safe opioid alternatives are rising at all levels of government amid the ongoing overdose epidemic.
Gov. Jared Polis (D), who as a member of Congress was among several lawmakers in 2017 who pushed for federal agencies to research kratom’s health impacts, signed the bill last week. The American Kratom Association (AKA) celebrated the measure’s enactment.
Under the legislation, starting in July 2023—following the submission of a report on various policy considerations related to kratom by regulators, businesses that sell the plant would need to “register with the state Department of Revenue and disclose certain information regarding each of the kratom processor’s kratom products,” according to a summary.
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It would further set minimum safety standards for kratom products, prohibit its sale to people under 21, require businesses that sell the item to notify state regulators if they’ve become aware of a reported adverse affect of kratom use attributed to its products and mandate the creation of a state database of companies that sell the product.
Polis announced he signed the legislation and other unrelated bills last week, but did not specifically comment on the kratom measure.
“Ensuring kratom products are pure and unadulterated is critically important to protecting consumers across the state and will get us one step closer to federal kratom regulation,” Mac Haddow, senior fellow on public policy at AKA, said in a press release. “The passage and signage of this bill shows the commitment of Colorado lawmakers to protecting the increasingly growing number of kratom consumers in the state.”
Colorado KCPA signed by Gov Polis in May 2022, & will take effect July 2023. This is momentous for Colorado & great for all …….