- Kratom Products
- January 21, 2019
Kratom, a popular herb sold in stores across the Lehigh Valley has been classified as a dangerous opioid by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but it remains legal in Pennsylvania with no signs of change on the horizon. (AMY HERZOG / THE MORNING CALL)… Continue reading.READ MORE
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania state Rep. Scott Conklin was surprised how quickly a lobbyist from the American Kratom Association flew across the country to meet with him after he announced in April that he wanted to ban the unregulated herbal product that has been linked to numerous deaths.
The pressure didn’t stop there.
“I was inundated with kratom users,” said Conklin, a Centre County Democrat. There were well over 100 emails and phone calls. “Almost all of them were from out of my district and they were from all over the country.”
Conklin’s experience is not unusual.
The debate over whether kratom is a deadly drug to regulate closely or health-giving supplement to market widely is playing out in statehouses, at news conferences, and in traditional and social media as supporters of the product wield their carefully honed lobbying skills against those seeking to ban it.… Continue reading.READ MORE
School uniforms are typically more popular in urban, lower-income districts. While Allentown is the only Lehigh Valley district that requires them, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading and Scranton also have uniform policies. Charter schools, which are publicly funded schools, often require uniforms as well.… Continue reading.READ MORE
Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana, has filed two pieces of legislation that would regulate the production and sale of kratom and CBD products in Pennsylvania.
House Resolution 459 would encourage the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to provide guidelines to the commonwealth regarding CBD and the proliferation of CBD products. Currently, due to a lack of FDA oversight, there are no quality standards for CBD products and little consistency in the market, he said.
“Consumers need these protections in place to ensure they are getting what they pay for,” said Struzzi. “These standards will provide retailers with the ability to properly market their CBD, and consumers with the assurance that they are buying a safe and effective product.”
House Resolution 460 would encourage the FDA to provide guidelines for over-the-counter sales of kratom.… Continue reading.
A man is wanted after kratom was stolen during several recently break-ins at smoke shops in Alpharetta and Roswell, authorities said.
The burglar broke into Alpha Smoke off Hembree Road in Alpharetta three times, including once last week, Channel 2 Action News reported. Days after that break-in, Smoke 911 off Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell was broken into, and authorities believe it’s the same suspect.
In each case, the man broke in through the front door and went straight for kratom, which is drug produced from a tropical tree native to southeast Asia that can be used to manage pain and boost energy, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.… Continue reading.READ MORE
SALT LAKE CITY — With 21 suspected cases of vaping-related illnesses reported and the number expected to grow by next week, Utah lawmakers are looking to take action by preparing a series of bills aimed at cracking down on vaping.
“Anytime you have that kind of a health situation and an emergency like that, it does move the needle,” Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, told FOX 13.
Lawmakers are alarmed at the sheer number of cases reported by local health departments. Some people have been hospitalized in medically-induced comas because of lung illnesses suspected of being related to vaping.… Continue reading.READ MORE