by Cassius Kamarampi and Brandon Turbeville
The DEA extended its authority far past what this weary public will tolerate.
Trying to ban kratom is a futile death knell of the drug war, futile if only we continue standing up and flexing our rights.
Public outcry, an unrelenting bombardment of opposition is here to set the record straight: kratom cannot be overdosed on, is relatively innocuous and it is our natural right to consume kratom if we please. It hasn’t worked well for government, using force to try and stop people from ingesting substances in this drug war. We would clearly be foolish to continue tolerating this.
It looks like our efforts are already paying off: perhaps shocked by the uproar, DEA spokesman Melvin Patterson said “Shame on everyone who wasn’t researching it before. Now you start hearing the stories about how it’s benefiting someone suffering from arthritis.”
“If someone can find a medical use by it, by all means, we’re in favor of it,” he continued.
We already understand the medicinal value of kratom or lack thereof, and we’re fully capable of figuring that out for ourselves, DEA.
To see the full perspective, just look at what the FDA, DEA, and their armed agents do to people who produce natural supplements and nutritious, innocuous products: they crack down on them with thuggish, ruthless force to squeeze them out of business.
Knowing the true function of these agencies is essential. They exist to suppress the business that is in competition with the interests that corrupt the government, to do things that just don’t benefit the people ever, under an authoritarian guise of protecting the public.
Why is B17 illegal? Why is Ephedra illegal? Both supplements have been banned by a regulatory agency gone out of control for the purposes of propping up Big Pharma under the guise of protecting human health.
The truth is that the ban of these natural supplements has more to do with the gradual advance being made by the pharmaceutical industry via their corrupt and hired mercenaries in the FDA, USDA, and DEA.
If B17, a substance known to be effective in curing some cancers were allowed to become ubiquitous with the general public in full knowledge of its potential, Big Pharma’s stepchild known as Big Cancer would lose millions in revenue and see its gangrenous hands begin to lose their grip on the cancer treatment industry.
Now how do we flex our rights and really make sure kratom is not illegalized in the United States? All we need is some careful strategy and discipline to act on it.
A march is already being organized on September 13th, centered in Washington, D.C. A Facebook page made for the protest can be found here.
What You Can And Need To Do:
1.) Support the American Kratom Association in their upcoming legal battle for civil liberties and health freedom.
From the AKA:
“After talking with some high level D.C. political folks who put out some feelers for us today, I do have a glimmer of hope that we can challenge this. It’s a glimmer but it’s there, shining through all my pain and devastation. Are you ready to RAGE with us???
Please donate so that we can hire a well connected, experienced attorney in DEA matters, a federal lobbying firm AND a public relations firm. All 3 will be needed for us to have a chance. Plus all the great grassroots work that’s already been started. We will have a more formal plan of action together shortly.
Www.americankratom.org/donate. *Or if the site happens to be down (we’ve created problems for our host today due to the amount of traffic ), PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org”
2.) Sign This Petition
3.) Contact the Relevant Authorities And Make Your Voice Heard:
Correspondence to the Department, including the Attorney General, may be sent to:
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
The Department may be contacted by phone at the following:
Department Comment Line: 202-353-1555
Department of Justice Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000
Peter J. Kadzik
Assistant Attorney General
Office of Legislative Affairs
Phone Number: (202) 514-2141
Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison
Phone Number: (202) 514-3465
Michael J Lewis
Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration
Mailing Address: 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152
Phone Number: (202) 598–6812.
Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
E-mail Address: ASH@hhs.gov
Phone Number: (202) 690-7694
Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL)
Phone Number: 202-690-7627
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA)
Phone Number: 202-690-7850
Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA)
HHS Office of the Secretary
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Phone Number: 202-690-7431
Be sure to contact your U.S. House Representative and U.S. Senator and encourage them to pressure the DEA to back off its attack on Kratom.
4.) If you are a writer, please write relevant content regarding Kratom, Kratom freedom, etc. and post this material to your website or send it to Brandon Turbeville at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write to local newspapers and contact your local news media. Preferred angle for local outlets is that the DEA is attempting to ban a substance that reduces drug use and is incredibly safe.
5.) Act as a liaison between pro-Kratom organizations, anti drug war organizations, and pro-legalization organizations as well as groups that simply support individual choice in order to create a united front against this latest move by the DEA.
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