Rep Farnsworth amends Arizona HB2453 to remove Kratom

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February 6, 2014 – Rep. Farnsworth amends Arizona HB2453 to remove Kratom from the list of synthetic chemicals to be banned in Arizona.

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Powertripp Productions says:

Sign this petition to keep it legal aganist the feds!! Pass this on as
well!!
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/keep-kratom-legal-all-costs-and-set-age-restriction/x9xhXPrZ
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Albert D.C. says:

Nicely done Arizona?

Speciosa Botanica says:

Dear Mr. Derby,
You are about to vote on House Bill 2666, which is primarily aimed at
synthetic, manmade chemicals of concern
and abuse. However, buried within this bill is a section that would make
the medicinal herb, Kratom (Mitragyna
speciosa) and its naturally occurring constituents Mitragynine and
7-hydroxy-mitragynine, Schedule I in your state, a
category reserved for dangerous, highly addictive drugs with no medical
value. I implore you to make an informed
decision by educating yourself on the safety and profound medicinal
potential that this plant has exhibited in the peer
reviewed scientific research. Please amend the current bill to remove this
plant and its constituents from the most
severe scheduling category and consider reasonable legislation that would
restrict the sale of it to responsible adults
18+ similar to what other states are already considering. The following are
pertinent facts for your consideration:
• Kratom is a plant, not a synthetic chemical or a “Street Drug”
• Kratom is in the same family as the coffee tree (Rubiaceae)
• Kratom is no more habit forming than coffee
• Kratom has been safely used for thousands of years as a medicine
• No one has ever died from taking Kratom
• It is impossible to over dose on Kratom
• Tens of thousands of Americans can attest to the beneficial properties of
Kratom
• The Oklahoma Poison Control Center has seen 0 cases involving Kratom in
the past 3 years.i
• We have worked with Arizona, who has recently removed Kratom and its
constituents from it’s bill after
reviewing the peer reviewed research on its medical potential.
• The DEA recently removed Kratom from its list of drugs of concern.
• There are several University researchers who are funded by National
Institute of Health, among others, that
are demonstrating the profound medical potential of this plant.
Current peer reviewed studies on Kratom and its 30+ constituents have shown
that Kratom has tremendous
medical potential. Kratom exhibits no acute toxicityii, displays powerful
antioxidant and antibacterial propertiesiii,
assists with drug and alcohol withdrawal symptomsiv, contains several
oxindole alkaloids which have exhibited
potent immunomodulation properties, and even contains constituents that
have exhibited anti-cancer properties!v A
brief search in any scholarly database will present hundreds of peer
reviewed studies and clinical trials that can attest
to the medical potential of this plant.
In Mississippi, UM School of Pharmacy faculty member Christopher R. McCurdy
has extensively studied this
plant. Dr. McCurdy’s past and current research is funded by the National
Institutes of Health Centers of Biomedical
Research Excellence. McCurdy’s results indicate that preparations of this
plant and its constituents completely block
all withdrawal symptoms in opiate addicted mice and that an improved analog
of this plant could revolutionize the
way we treat the increasing problem of opiate and other drug abuse in this
country.vi In fact, there are currently
several Universities within the United States that are being funded by NIH
among others, to develop Kratom and its
constituents into valuable medicines that would benefit the lives of
millions.
The legislation, as it currently reads, would place Kratom and its
alkaloids in the most severe scheduling
category, schedule I, which would effectively make it impossible for
legitimate researchers like Dr. McCurdy and
the National Institute of Health, to discover and develop valuable
medicines that would benefit the lives of millions.
Furthermore, by placing Kratom in the Schedule I category, it would
criminalize otherwise upstanding, tax paying,
productive citizens in your state as drug users, who are simply benefiting
from its well documented use. With 0
reports to the Oklahoma Poison Control Center in the past 3 years, coupled
with its tremendous peer reviewed
medical potential, the current bill as it stands is clearly not a sensible
approach to regulating this plant.
Please amend the current bill to remove the naturally occurring
constituents Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine,
from the medicinal plant Mitragyna speciosa.
Thank you for your consideration,
Botanical Legal Defense
i
Personal
Phone
Call
to
Scott
Schaeffer
at
Oklahoma
Poison
Control
Center
Feb
5th
2014
12:23pm
PST
ii
S.N.
Harizala,
b,
c,
,
S.M.
Mansorb,
,
J.
Hasnanc,
J.K.J.
Tharakana
and
J.
Abdullaha
Department
of
Neurosciences,
School
of
Medical
Sciences,
Universiti
Sains
Malaysia,
Centre
for
Drug
Research,
Universiti
Sains
Malaysia
Department
of
Pathology,
School
of
Medical
Sciences,
Universiti
Sains
Malaysia
2010
iii
Evaluation
of
Antioxidant
and
Antibacterial
Activities
of
Aqueous,
Methanolic
and
Alkaloid
Extracts
from
Mitragyna
Speciosa
(Rubiaceae
Family)
Leaves.
Suhanya
Parthasarathy,Juzaili
Bin
Azizi,
Surash
Ramanathan,
,
Sabariah
Ismail,
Sreenivasan
Sasidharan,
Mohd
Ikram
Mohd.
Said
and
Sharif
Mahsufi
Mansor.
Universiti
Sains
Malaysia,
Penang,
Malaysia
Institute
for
Research
in
Molecular
Medicine,
Malaysia
Universiti
Kebangsaan
Malaysia
Selangor,
Malaysia
2009
iv
Fitoterapia
Volume
78,
Issue
3,
April
2007,
Pages
182-­?185
v
García
Prado,
E.,
et
al.
“Antiproliferative
effects
of
mitraphylline,
a
pentacyclic
oxindole
alkaloid
of
Uncaria
tomentosa
on
human
glioma
and
neuroblastoma
cell
lines.”
Phytomedicine.
2007;
14(4):
280-­?4.
vi?

Chairman Meow says:

Oh my god they actually changed it!!!! GOOD JOB ARIZONA?

Matthew Foster says:

I am so impressed. I just emailed Rep. Farnsworth and thanked them for
keeping this lifesaving antidepressant legal! I wrote him 3 days prior to
this saying I was a veteran and that this has been the only thing that
works for my depression, better than all the therapy and pills. So
important. Perhaps there is hope in our legal system!?

UnderEternalSkies says:

This is a big victory. I just signed power trips petition.?

KRATOM FOR LYME says:

I use Kratom to treat chronic pain. I have late stage lyme disease,
babesia, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia. I had trouble walking
due to excruciating, chronic pain. I spent most of my time on the couch or
in bed. I was unable to work.
I was perscribed hydrocode, medical marijuana,and Lyrica. I always felt
spaced out, dizzy, and sick. I found the three perscribed meds ineffective
at controlling my pain.
Since then I discovered kratom. I cant describe how effective it is at
managing pain.
It helps my IBS, it shuts my pain right off for hours and hours, it uplifts
my mood (its easy to become depressed in this situation) and it doesnt make
me feel out of sorts like the opiate pain killers did.
Ive since stopped taking all the meds that I was perscribed, I work a few
days a week, Im able to run after, and play with my daughter. (for the
first time in her life) and for the first time in a long time I feel like
Im living my life!?

LT Cartoons says:

This shows there are some great minds in Arizona who do care about their
citizenry who don’t want to take opiate drugs (the only alternative). Most
of us will take a medicinal plant anyday over drugs that kills app 17,000
Americans annually. Kratom has killed none. Ever. Anywhere. Nor has anyone
overdosed. Ever. Anywhere. Arizona is one smart state. Congrats lawmakers
for making smart laws. ?

Andrew DeMorrow says:

Im completely impressed. Was there a single nay (sp?)? How inspiring! ?

joseph Burch says:

THanks for doing the right thing!?

Keith Nadolny says:

Happy to see that the hard work paid off! Nice to see lawmakers talking
positively about this situation!?

VelvetSoulInc says:

Good job everyone! On to the next states Oklahoma and Louisiana.?

DanielReedLockard says:

Great Work! I appreciate this very much!?

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