At its regular meeting last week, the National Kratom Coalition appointed new board members. President James Devers turned over the reins of the nonprofit organization

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Minnesota Legislative Alert

Minnesota state senate is moving their bill S-2578 that currently includes kratom on its schedule list of drugs. However, from our contacts in the senate,

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A Timeline Of Kratom & The N.K.C

July 27

NKC launches Kratom-based social media platform, a social network for kratom users and vendors.
July 23

NKC launches advocacy network

Since one of the NKC's goals is to provide kratom consumers and advocates instant access to news, social spaces and advocacy tools on any device, we began building the kratom Advocacy Network, part of a suite of tools we'll be releasing. This action center will be the headquarters for all of our digital grassroots campaigns when there is a need to get the attention of specific individuals in the United States Government.
July 12

SITSA passes Judiciary Committee

On a voice vote, SITSA is approved in one of two committees. There were NO amendments to change the bill or insert the exemption of Kratom into the language.
June 30

NKC Files Incorporation Documents In Florida

The National Kratom Coalition filed their Articles of incorporation.
June 24

Founding Members Meet To Formally Create The National Kratom Coalition

The National Kratom Coalition held its first organizing meeting in Stuart, Florida with out-of-state members already confirming to form a board, appoint officers, discuss incorporating and mission plans for the new non-profit organization.
June 8

H.R. 2851 Introduced In House Of Representatives

The House version of what is called the "Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017” or the “SITSA Act” was introduced along with a similar Senate bill, S. 1327.
May 26

Discussions For A New Kratom Organization

Following the attempted DEA ban, a diverse group of individual advocates from across the US finalized discussions on creating a new Kratom Advocacy group that addressed non-profit transparency and other problem areas other organizations struggled with in the past. An agreement was made to move forward.
December 1

23,236 Public Comments Submitted on Kratom

On December 1st 2016 the public comment period regarding Kratom ended after receiving 23,236 individual submissions.
October 13

DEA withdraws notice to ban Kratom

On October 13th 2016, the DEA filed "Withdrawal of Notice of Intent to Temporarily Place Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine Into Schedule I". In addition, the DEA authorized a public comment period giving Kratom advocates the chance to voice their opinion. The public comment period ran from October 13th 2016 through December 1st 2016.
September 17

Kratom Community Responds To DEA Ban

Immediately following the DEA's intent to ban Kratom many individuals, vendors and organizations like the Botanical Education Alliance, Kratom United and the AKA collected 129,340 signatures asking then President Obama to block the DEAs scheduling action.


In Western literature, Kratom was first described in the early 19th century by Pieter Willem Korthals, a botanist who worked for the East India Company.

E. M. Holmes also referred to Kratom’s use as an opium substitute, when he identified it as Mitragyna speciosa in 1895.

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