Take Back Kentucky Legislative Action Alert
Oppose: Senate Bill 136: Banning of the Kratom Herb
Sponsor(s): W. Westerfield
- Jan 28, 2016 – introduced in Senate
- Feb 01, 2016 – to Judiciary (S)
- Feb 11, 2016 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
- Feb 12, 2016 – 2nd reading, to Rules
- Feb 17, 2016 – posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 18, 2016
- Feb 18, 2016 – 3rd reading, passed 35-1-1 with Committee Substitute (1)
- Feb 19, 2016 – received in House
- Feb 22, 2016 – to Judiciary (H)
Committee: N/A – Most likely will go to the House Judiciary Committee
Message is for: All House Leadership, YOUR Representative, and the Members of the House Judiciary Committee.
Message: “Oppose SB 136. Stop banning natural herbs that help people. Stop lining the pockets of big pharmaceutical companies, stop interfering in the free market. Remove the language regarding the herb Kratom”
Optional: E-mail the legislators on the committee. Example e-mail address: Firstname.Lastname@lrc.ky.gov . If that doesn’t work they have a contact page on their informational page.
Information: The original bill was fine as it related to prescription authority for hydrocodone. However, a committee sub added to the bill a ban on Kratom. Kratom is a natural herb that is not dangerous and is used as a natural pain killer in place of stronger prescription pain killers. Some states have attempted to ban this drug such as Florida and Louisiana, but are now reversing their decisions and putting age restrictions on it instead. Doesn’t matter if it is something good or bad, Kentucky is always behind other states. If this legislation passes is will hurt many small businesses in this state, while helping big pharma eliminating another safe natural alternative.