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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.
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🌱🍃🌱
- 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
Original Louisiana Post
Other Discussion Posts
- HB 452 CALLS FOR A LOUISIANA BAN
- Possible Ban In Louisiana And No One Cares Enough To Act?
- Louisiana Ban
- Full Bill Text HB452 and Supplemental Summary
- Proposed law adds two substances to Schedule I - mitragynine and 7-hydroxy-mitragynine
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
- Leave a comment in support of kratom on the legiscan bill page
- Contact the bill's sponsor - Rep. Christopher Turner (R) - District 12 (more info below)
- If you live in LA, contact your state rep. At the state level they are usually very open to what you have to say and you have a good chance of being able to speak to them directly, either on the phone or in person.
Louisiana House Bill - HB452
Introduced: March 29, 2019
Sponsored by: Rep. Christopher Turner (R) - District 12 (history)
- Occupation: Business Owner, Medicine Shoppe (Pharmacy)
- 207 W. Mississippi Street, Suite 306, Ruston, La 71270
- Phn#: 318-251-5038
- Fax#: 318-251-5091
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
- Rep H. Bernard LeBas (D) - Occupation: Pharmacist
- Rep. Frank Hoffman (R) - Occupation: Retired - Ouachita Parish school system, assistant superintendent
was passed on May 17, 2018
Feb 2019 - Dept of Health published their study
- Kratom (Mitragyna speciose [sic]) Study On the Public Health Risks and Recommendations
- Prepared by: Dr. Raoult Ratard (state epidemiologist), Bureau of Infectious Diseases, Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, Office of Public Health
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.