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Published On: Fri, Oct 21st, 2016

The DEA, the Kratom ban and A March of a dedicated few

There was a press conference where a few brave individuals told their stories in front of cameras of how they came to find kratom, and how the herbal supplement has helped them get their lives back. People chanted the phrases “I am kratom,” “Kratom saves lives,” “Plants not pills,” and other soundbite-esque phrases in a show of solidarity against the tyrannical attack on our rights and freedoms. Once it was all over we all hugged each other, many feeling hope for the future and that our government had heard our voices but, in all honesty, my cynical attitude toward our nations political process left me less than excited for the future.

Personally, I am proud of each and every person who made it to the White House that day. I am elated they were able to come out and use their First Amendment right to voice their issues with the decision. I am happy to be part of such a small community that is still willing to fight for their freedoms. A group of people who took it to heart when Steve Rogers (or Captain America) said, “Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree besides the river of truth, and tell the whole world – ‘No, you move.’”

Those who showed up on September 13th in the District of Columbia looked the government in the eyes and said it doesn’t matter that the press inaccurately classifies kratom along with synthetic drugs such as spice, and flakka. It doesn’t matter if Kristin Jacobs of Florida and others of her ilk falsely claim that kratom is responsible for multiple deaths across the nation. It doesn’t matter what inflated statistics Big Pharma (the mob) puts out there to convince people kratom is bad. It doesn’t matter if the whole country gives up, and says it’s a lost cause to fight the DEA. We stood together for what we believe and, no matter the odds or consequences, we will continue to plant ourselves like a tree beside the river of truth, and say (to steal another line) “We will not go quietly into the night.” We will continue to fight. We will stand for what we believe, and one day, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not this year, but one day, we will win.

And when that day comes I will walk into my kava bar with some legal kratom, make a large batch for my customers and give it out to them for free that day. I will do this because that will be the day we defeated the government. That will be the day we won a cause that is necessary to win. That will be a win that will help all of the people who have turned to an herbal supplement from Southeast Asia in our times of need.

Again, I am Matt Wright. I am the manager of Low Tide Kava Bar. I have seen the good that this all-natural leaf can do. I Am Kratom.

Author: Matt Wright

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  1. Gary Parillo says:

    I am 63,partially disabled,with chronic pain conditions.I have used kratom tea for 3 years now,and have found it helpful to alleviate pain,and calm anxiety.There isn’t a “high” with kratom,just a calming,and the physical feeling is similar to a mild muscle relaxant,in my experience.
    Researchers have confirmed in studies that it is safe,non-addictive,and has low to no abuse potential.
    To ban this herb seems senseless to me,and to classify it as a schedule 1 drug seems ludicrous.There is nothing dangerous about kratom.Taking too much is something one learns not to do,as it can cause nausea and dizziness.Small amounts are the right amounts.I hope the authorities will listen to the millions of testimonies such as mine,and consider the findings of the researchers.I truly doubt that millions of people can be wrong,especially after years of enjoying the benifits of this herbal gift of nature.

  2. Mary Jones says:

    Thank you for recognizing #kratom and our community with an opportunity for dialogue from the American Keaton Association. I am a retired teacher and was once a pawn in the opioid answer for Fibromyalgia, degenerative arthritis and spinal stenosis. When I was first diagnosed at a major clinic, I was prescribed a 3 month supply of hydrocodone, muscle relaxers and ambien to navigate myself through my responsibilities. Oddly, I celebrated the relief on the roller coaster and was determined to stay the course. Eventually, lyrica, Prozac and Xanax joined my daily tonic of treatment. My life continued and I became an observer of the world due to exhaustion and pain. Did I mention I gained fifty pounds? But, I believed my physicians knew best and I did my best to hide my invisible condition and treatment. Only my husband knew my struggles and it amazes me that he loved me through the darkest hours of my life. I was introduced to #kratom by my own child, I took a leap of faith! I had witnessed #kratom salvage and restore my daughter so it wasn’t hard to give the leaf a try. It’s been two years since I have used the opioid medications and I do not plan on going back to the person I once was. #kratom doesn’t take away my symptoms but the pain and fatigue are managed and I am able to engage in this life. #seniorsforkratom are sharing our stories because we know the truth and know that #kratomsaveslives. I am so proud to know Susan Ash and Paul Kemp and to have been introduced to the many good people in #theamericankratomassociation.

  3. Aimee Wilkes says:

    I’m pretty clever when its come to my “thoughts in font form” but I’m at a loss for words!
    Just, Thank You!

    #iamkratom #NoChemiKills

  4. Chelsie Byroads says:

    This is good. #kratomsaveslives
    #IAmKratom
    #stopthebanonkratom

  5. Brian says:

    It’s really about more than just the Kratom ban also… The governing entities in this country are using their power a little freely without following a protocol or due process allowing the public they say they are defending to weigh in before they make drastic actions. Yes, I am a kratom user and it has helped with my anxiety drastically. I am an employed citizen trying to make it in this life. I have served my country and state in the National Guard. I am one of thousands that are not the drug pedaling street slime they try to make kratom users out to be. Thanks for letting me comment.

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