Following the introduction of a new law to outlaw synthetic cannabinoids, mephedrone and kratom in Indiana, emergency measures have now been taken to add kratom to the list of legal highs now being banned in Iowa:
The measures are expected to be put in place by today.
Concerns have also been raised recently about kratom in Hawaii, Virginia, Arizona, Louisiana (where it's recently been banned for under-18s) and on national news networks.
As you can imagine the big US kratom forums are now starting to panic as kratom gets swept away along with stims and 'boids over there, and a domino effect starts to happen as different state legislatures play catch-up and hard ball to see who can come down the heaviest on legal highs. Kratom's pretty much a casualty of the hysteria about meph and spice that's now sweeping the US, and I don't reckon it'll be long before this becomes more widespread as states copy legislation from state to state to deal with the legal highs 'problem'.
Most people on the US forums don't realise (because vendors are trying to keep quiet about it to avoid even an bigger panic), but several very large consignments of kratom (50 kilos plus) have recently been seized by US Customs citing that it's a substance listed on the DEA's 'substances of concern' list (where it's been for nearly 10 years now). It's only now though that Customs seem to be acting on their concerns.
So things are now looking pretty bad for kratom overthere.
Over in the US, kratom is a multi-million dollar industry of course and a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money and a lot of users are going to be very unhappy. And a lot of them are gun nuts, so legislator's watch out!