The puritans and the cronies join together all the time to restrict the freedom and liberty of Americans.
Drugs should be a non-issue in the USA. Free people have a right to treat themselves and yes, even indulge themselves as they see fit. We are supposed to be a free people. This is supposed to be a free country.
There is so much good that could be done with psychedelics, marijuana, kratom, other restricted drugs, in terms of treatment. Real suffering could be eliminated or reduced. Yet the DEA throws up roadblocks at every turn. (Figuratively and sometimes literally depending on one’s neighborhood.) That this large and expensive agency needs drugs to be illegal so that it can continue to exist is no coincidence.
Kratom, which acts as a stimulant or a sedative, depending on the dose, has been used for centuries in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia to ease pain, boost work performance, and wean people from opiate addiction. In recent years the drug has gained a following in the United States, sold by online merchants and head shops as an herbal medicine, dietary supplement, or legal high.
That situation offended the DEA, which noted in the explanation of its ban that kratom had never been approved by the government for any use. If a psychoactive substance is not explicitly permitted, the DEA figures, it should be prohibited.
The agency apparently was surprised by the backlash against its kratom ban, which included angry phone calls to Capitol Hill, a demonstration near the White House, and letters from members of Congress. The DEA still intends to finalize the ban, although it did not take effect last Friday as expected.