As kratom vendors, we feel that it is our responsibility to help ensure that you, our customers, get the best product possible. We’ve seen a lot of vendors that lie, exaggerate, and act dishonestly about the products that they offer. And that’s the last thing that we want to do.
There is a lack of regulation and control in the world of kratom. Regulation is an important step to ensuring consumer safety. While many kratom vendors are compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices and always have their products tested before selling them, there are some companies that would rather make a quick buck than guarantee the safety of their customers.
Here at Phytoextractum, we do our best to put time, energy, and money into compliance and into supporting organizations and projects that we believe will make kratom safer and more widely accepted.
Recently, we’ve been thrilled to see a few states adopt the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA), and we hope to see these bills spread across the entire country.
What is the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, and why do we think that it is a wonderful thing for vendors and consumers alike? Let’s explore this issue together.
Why Protection Is Needed
At this time, there are not many official regulations about kratom, kratom packaging, kratom sales, kratom processing, or any other aspect of the industry.
Usually, the rules about a product like kratom would depend on what category it is. Unfortunately, there is not even an official ruling about how kratom will be managed, so vendors are in the position of to marketing and selling kratom without clear guidelines to follow.
Unfortunately for the consumer and the industry at large, that has at times allowed not-so-good kratom to slip through and cause a lot of misunderstanding about the plant itself. Kratom can be a safe product when harvested, processed, and used properly, but not every vendor is in a position to do that on their own.
Most problems seen in the media about kratom today were caused by contaminated kratom that could have been kept off the market if vendors were given better guidance about testing requirements. Without changes, it’s possible that contaminated and adulterated kratom will continue to cause problems for both consumers and vendors alike.
For that reason, we believe that explicit consumer protections are absolutely necessary.
Introducing The Kratom Consumer Protection Act
It’s time to meet the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
This act is a set of guidelines that ensure consumers can safely and legally buy kratom in the form of consistent, reliable, and unadulterated products. The guidelines offer protections to kratom users while also giving guidance to vendors about the right ways to test, label, and market their products.
There is no reason that kratom vendors should be permitted to sell dangerous and contaminated products on the market, and these laws help to prevent that from happening.
Generally speaking, the guidelines of the act have included the following terms:
- • Officially defines kratom
- • Gives vendors and processors guidelines about how to label kratom with specific terminology and disclaimers
- • Prevents the sale of adulterated or contaminated kratom products
- • Establishes a penalty system for kratom vendors who break the rules
- • Requires vendors to register themselves with state regulators
- • Requires that each state set up testing standards and other procedures for kratom vendors and processors
When companies follow protocols such as these, kratom consumers can feel more safe and confident in their purchases. Additionally, the fear of kratom that has been caused by contaminated products will begin to disappear as the market is overtaken by safe and controlled products.
Who Created These Guidelines?
The Kratom Consumer Protection Act was conceptualized and put into motion by the AKA. AKA, the American Kratom Association, is an organization which advocates on behalf of kratom consumers and vendors. Their goal is to promote safe and legal kratom use.
AKA is involved in many areas of Kratom advocacy. One of their most well-known initiatives is their compliance program, which tracks the testing progress of Kratom vendors. The program requires vendors to follow Good Manufacturing Practices, including lab testing policies to ensure their customers’ safety.
Here at Phytoextractum, we are fully in support of AKA’s work on the compliance program and the Kratom Consumer Protection Act! We are AKAA GMP Qualified, and we hope to help pass the KCPA here in Oregon.
States With Consumer Protection Laws About Kratom
Since the AKA first introduced the Kratom Consumer Protection Act at the beginning of this legislative session, it has been adopted in a number of states.
At this point, it’s important to understand that every state will need to pass this type of law individually because there is no federal law about kratom. Similar to cannabis, these laws will need to be passed on the state level until the federal government offers more guidance on regulating kratom.
Because of this, every state’s Kratom Consumer Protection Act may be slightly different. AKA has proposed the guidelines to many states in their original form, but state officials may alter them to fit the specific wants and need of their states and constituents.
At this time, these states have passed Kratom Consumer Protection Acts:
In Oregon, the bill has made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be presented to the Joint Ways & Means Committee in the coming weeks for another vote before it reaches the chamber floor.
In addition to several states have passing the Kratom Consumer Protection Act so far, the federal government recently approved funding for more studies about kratom and its effects. We can only hope that the findings of these studies will help to pave the way for more open acceptance of kratom use for its many benefits.
The Future of Kratom Depends On The KCPA
Kratom is at a critical juncture in the United States. Due to some issues with misinformation and contaminated products, the FDA has been looking at kratom vendors and users with a critical eye. As huge proponents of the right to choose kratom, however, we know that that perception needs to change.
In order to protect consumers and help change the mainstream opinion about kratom, laws like the Kratom Consumer Protection Act must be put into place. These regulations will help ensure that consumers are properly educated and protected while also keeping the industry alive for reputable vendors who care about compliance and their customers’ safety.
In the end, these laws will be a win-win for everyone involved.