The Guardian of Our Freedom Program to Stop the Assault on Kratom
By Dave Herman
Kratom warriors: I just hung up from a call with our lobbying team who outlined the significant hotspots of anti-kratom activity both on the federal and state level.
I am not going to mince words, I am frustrated.
Anti-kratom activists, led by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, are committed to protecting the opioid manufacturers who are raking in billions of dollars every year by hooking honest Americans who are trying to manage chronic pain on highly addictive and potentially deadly opioids.
At the federal level, we continue to fight against the proposed scheduling recommendation for kratom made by the opioid manufacturer’s mouthpiece, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is allegedly conducting their own “independent” 8-Factor Analysis that requires them to find that kratom has a high potential for abuse and that it is deadly before they can schedule kratom.
Neither are true, and each one of us knows it.
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But the facts do not seem to matter much to these bureaucrats who are all in the pockets of the opioid manufacturers.
Last week, 25 courageous Members of Congress stood up for kratom by putting their names on a letter to the DEA defending our freedoms, and now I hope you will stand with them against this outrageous overreach by the FDA and the DEA.
At the state level, the opioid manufacturers have deployed their lobbying teams to persuade state legislators to add kratom to the controlled substances list of individual states, effectively banning consumers from their freedom to make their own decisions on pain management and their health and well-being.
This is going to be a long, drawn-out fight, and I need your help today and throughout the year. This is not a one-time battle, it’s an all-out WAR.
The Board of Directors has authorized the creation of the AKA Guardian of Our Freedom program to ensure we have the funds to fight all year long.
I am asking you to make a commitment of $25 each month for the next 12 months to make certain we have the lobbying and public relations teams in place to fight for our freedoms.
It is a way to honor the 25 Members of Congress who stood with us today.
If you become an AKA Guardian of Our Freedom program, here is my commitment to you:
On the first Sunday of the month, each and every month, at 8:30 PM EST, you will be invited to a AKA Guardian of Our Freedom online briefing from our lobbying team.
You will receive an automatic email alert every time a significant action is taken on kratom at the federal or state levels.
Your name will be automatically added to every official AKA Guardian of Our Freedom communication we send to the Congress, the Executive Branch, and to state legislatures making the case for protecting our freedom to use kratom.
You can opt out of your monthly commitment at any time that you feel your investment is not yielding results.
I am asking for this help because, the truth is, our funds are running out. We have a plan for an aggressive counterpunch to the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to show that the science on kratom proves that it is neither highly addictive nor dangerously unsafe for use.
But we cannot do this without your help, your commitment, and this AKA Guardian of Our Freedom program will allow us to plan for the funds needed for sustained campaign.
There is no doubt in my mind that the FDA and the opioid manufacturers are twisting the arms of the DEA to rubberstamp their scheduling proposal for kratom.
I am equally confident that we can win this battle, but only if we make the sacrifices necessary to protect our freedoms.
Will you join me in fighting on your behalf?
Please click on the link below and sign up today to be an AKA Guardian of Our Freedom Warrior for kratom.
Thank you for all of your past support and accept my gratitude for your willingness to help now.
Dave Herman, Chairman
American Kratom Association