Be in the Know with the Most Current Kratom Industry News 5/4/18
It’s been a busy month at KTA! We just got back from a roundtable meeting in Atlanta with other Kratom advocates, and we’re more energized and excited about the future than ever before. It’s clear that protecting freedom of choice is absolutely critical, and our movement is gaining steam. We had a big legislative win in Tennessee as well, and your voice was key in pushing back on legislation that would’ve banned Kratom in the state. We have much more work to do, so please share this update, tell your friends and colleagues about us, follow us on social media, and get the word out!
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES:
HR 5298 Mu Opioid Bill
As you know, the KTA has been working in opposition to HR 5298, the Modernizing Drug Enforcement Act of 2018., Sponsored by Congressman Roe (R-TN), this bill would designate all substances that activate the mu opioid receptor (including Kratom) as Schedule 1 drugs, thereby prohibiting their use and impeding any research efforts. I’m pleased to report that the bi-partisan bill on opioids that passed the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee did NOT include any of these provisions.
 
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to debate and vote on its opioid legislation as well. At this time, language from HR 5298 is not included and not expected to be included. Congress is expected to enact final legislation early this summer. We will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that policy makers know our concerns.
Tennessee Keeps Kratom Legal! 21+
The Tennessee General Assembly reached a compromise between competing House and Senate bills to keep Kratom legal in its raw, powdered leaf form for consumers over age 21 with additional labeling requirements.

The Kratom Trade Association (KTA) applauds Tennessee for protecting its citizens’ freedom to manage their own health and well-being by upholding their right to purchase and consume Kratom. We also commend legislators in the House and Senate for hearing Tennessean consumers and working with the Botanical Education Alliance and others to find a common-sense compromise based on science and safety in the face of misinformation and fear.

KTA at the National Conference of State Legislatures
KTA will be taking an active role at this year’s National Conference of State Legislature’s (NCSL) Legislative Summit the week of July 28th in Los Angeles, CA. KTA will have a booth and representatives attending throughout the summit. Our primary focus is to educate state legislators on Kratom and the productive role it contributes across the country. The term ‘Kratom’ continues to be placed in front of state legislators, and KTA will take this opportunity to make legislators from all 50 states aware of this valuable natural product and ensure they have accurate information about it. NCSL is the nation’s largest and oldest organization that brings together state legislators from all 50 states to educate them on emerging issues and provide formal sessions on various topics. It is expected that more than 2,000 legislators from across the country will be in attendance.
NEW: Receive Discounts from AHPA!
KTA is a proud member of the American Herbal Products Association, and we are excited to announce that, AHPA has extended their trainings and workshops to KTA members at discounted rates.
 
Extend your knowledge!
 
Founded in 1982, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. AHPA is comprised of more than 350 member companies, consisting primarily of domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbs and herbal products as foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and non-prescription drugs, and also including companies that provide expert services to the herbal trade.
 
AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide variety of herbal goods.
KTA IN THE NEWS:
Recent FDA scrutiny shows serious bias against Kratom. KTA’s Eduardo Brambila explains that, we should focus on research and regulation: “When you have regulation, it means there’s been some testing done, it means there’s an understanding of how a product is best used. It also sets standards and quality assurance for the consumer which is the upmost importance.”

 21 CFR 111 Dietary Supplement GMP Overview 
Friday, May 18th, 2018 8:30 AM -
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 5:00 PM

KTA Member price: $500.00
Regular price from NSF $1,5000.00

Registration Deadline May 7th, 2018

Few spots remain! Already 80% full, sign up now!

Specifically for Kratom industry professionals, learn how to become GMP compliant AND get your staff certified.

About this course:
The FDA expects all companies that manufacture, package, or hold dietary supplement products to follow 21 CFR 111, the Dietary Supplement CGMPs. This course provides a basic understanding of CGMPs and the responsibilities expected for various individuals and groups within the company. Participants will learn how to apply CGMP principles to specific situations. The course is interactive, with hands-on exercises including case-studies from recent Warning Letters. Bring your questions and prepare to interact with the instructor and your peers in the industry.
KTA at the Leadership Summit
We're encouraged by the spirit of collaboration from all parts of the  #Kratom  community at  American Kratom Association 's Leadership Summit!  #ProtectKratom




The event featured aa vendor roundtable where businesses were able to bring up what their companies priorities are — topics included the importance of GMP and other safe practices,. We are hopeful that this is the start of a collaborative approach between the advocacy organizations to better reflect the strength and capabilities of the Kratom community.
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