The DEA is entertaining comments about placing "Kratom" on Schedule I (temporarily) - much like Nixon placed Cannabis "temporarily". I sent in my thoughts. I get that people know drugs can be bad and some can kill us on overdose - like alcohol. We do not need a government helping us, at the end of a barrel, protecting us from ourselves - it is not a solution it is just another problem that grows unchecked due to the tragedy of providing a group with a monopoly on violence duties it was never meant to have.
Today is the last day to get in a comment regarding your concerns on this new DEA rule. Keep in mind that Trump's pick for Attorney General is a pro-drug war zealot - the last thing he needs is another Schedule I drug to give him "reason" to go after peaceful people. Vices are not violence!
Based on the criteria Schedule I does not apply to "Kratom". Any attempt to place Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitagynine into such a schedule only meets political or emotional goals and does not have any basis in scientific findings. Doctors have demonstrated that this compound helps with withdrawal symptoms from opioids (drugs derived from opium) - that provides evidence against "The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States."
The People of the United States no longer favor support for the war on drugs. The war on plants ("drugs") has produced no scientific evidence that it has resulted in the reduction of availability of schedule 1 drugs. The war on the free market (war on drugs) has produced no scientific evidence that it has resulted in the reduction of overdose. The war on drugs has resulted only in large costs for innocent bystanders, buyers, sellers, producers, and law-enforcement in dollars, loss of life, loss of liberty, and loss of opportunity. Scientific study of the prohibition of alcohol proved that prohibition is not a solution. Our federal government, knowing better than science and reason, passed riders on unrelated bills and created the war on drugs, a power not granted to it by our Constitution nor by any Constitutional amendment.
Please get out of the business of caging and killing peaceful people and instead focus on assisting the States with defending against violent criminals.