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A hearing with the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee for Louisiana House Bill 452 is scheduled for tomorrow - 05/01/19 - at 9:00 am.

I have just spoken with AKA's Louisiana State Captain (who is in direct contact with the AKA). He repeated assurances that the AKA has been and continues to be very much on top of the situation in Louisiana and they are thoroughly prepared for this hearing. The hearing is open to the public but there will not be an opportunity to speak. You may attend if you wish but it is not necessary. The most important thing is to let the AKA and lobbyists do their job.

Statement from Mac Haddow, AKA Senior Fellow on Public Policy

We have an excellent lobbyist firm retained and they are working hard to educate the Louisiana Legislature on the negative impacts that would be created from a ban. In addition, we have one of our AKA national lobbyist team on the ground working with the legislators.

Statement from Louisiana AKA for Kratom

We want to put our best foot forward. Dress for business professional. Be respectful.

We can be present, but respectful and keeping it very low key. The AKA has an experienced lobbyist that is handling our situation and we definitely do not want to ruin anything that he/she has already built. They know what they are doing. Let the professionals do their job and TRUST THE PROCESS!

This is not the time for protest signs and disruptions of any kind. More than likely, there will not be an opportunity for speaking. At the most we can hope for is to introduce ourselves to some of the Representatives after the meeting has concluded. Be aware that the meeting could last for hours and extend to days. We do not want to leave a bad taste in their mouths. I am just trying to prepare everyone for the best/worse scenario.

We are #TeamKratom🌱🍃🌱

Louisiana State Capitol

  • 900 North Third Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • 9:00 am
  • Room 6 - double check the room number with the security guard when you get there

Louisiana AKA for Kratom facebook page

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LA-HB-452 (2019) - Provides relative to Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substances

We have been advised by the AKA that they have a dedicated lobbyist in Louisiana working on this but they have not put out a specific "call to action" for Louisiana but we can still do the usual

Louisiana House Bill - HB452

  • Introduced: March 29, 2019

  • Sponsored by: Rep. Christopher Turner (R) - District 12 (history)

Rep. Christopher Turner (R) - District 12

  • Occupation: Business Owner, Medicine Shoppe (Pharmacy)
  • 207 W. Mississippi Street, Suite 306, Ruston, La 71270
  • Phn#: 318-251-5038
  • Fax#: 318-251-5091
  • email: hse012@legis.la.gov

Bill Info

  • Summary: Provides relative to Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substances
  • Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
  • Status: Introduced on March 29, 2019 - 25% progression
  • Action: 2019-04-08 - Read by title, under the rules, referred to the Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice
  • Pending: House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee


May 2018 - LA-HR-177 (2018) - Requests the La. Department of Health to study the scheduling of Mitragyna speciosa (kratom) as a controlled dangerous substance

Bipartisan bill sponsored by

was passed on May 17, 2018

Feb 2019 - Dept of Health published their study

Therefore, the Louisiana Department of Health recommends that kratom be banned from general consumption in the state, with exceptions made only in the context of well-designed scientific studies with appropriate oversight, data safety monitoring boards, and regulatory approval.

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