We urgently need your help! PLEASE call and e-mail TODAY and keep calling to get through directly until we say STOP!* Instructions below...
*Californians - Your help is especially needed since Senior Senator Diane Feinstein is a critical voice in this.
SITSA is back! Last week the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (OCRA, S. 2680) in a bipartisan vote of 99-1 to address America’s opioid crisis, but, some members of the House are holding OCRA hostage unless SITSA’s controversial provisions are added into the bill.
The Senate has never held a hearing or debate on SITSA provisions, so it’s imperative they’re given that chance to debate and consider amendments we support that would protect Kratom. It is also imperative that Congress pass this much needed opioid legislation immediately without SITSA.
Unless SITSA is excluded from OCRA or the Senate is given the opportunity to amend it to exclude natural botanical plants and herbs, Kratom could be banned nationwide!
As a reminder, SITSA is the “Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues” Act (was HR 2851). Although aimed at synthetic analogies of scheduled drugs, it could be used to restrict access to botanicals like Kratom, which millions of American consumers benefit from to manage their health and well-being.
We need you to make a call TODAY, keep calling, leave messages and email!
Tell your Senators you support their version of the opioid response package (OCRA) which excludes the House’s SITSA provisions, and that you vehemently oppose the last minute attempt by the House to pass SITSA with it. Thank them for their leadership in responsible legislation.
Every voice is needed right now!
Once you enter your information and identify your U.S. Senators, the system will immediately dial you, A script will come up on your computer or phone screens. The system will automatically connect you to BOTH your U.S. Senators. *Press Star after you finish your first call and you will be transferred to your second Senator.
For basic phone, dial 916-520-3650 to be connected.
Phone Call Script:
Hello, my name is _____, and I am a constituent of yours. I’m calling to let you know my position on the Opioid Crisis Response Act (OCRA - S 2680) and SITSA which should not be attached to this bill package. I support SITSA only if amended to protect access to all-natural plants, and if not possible at this juncture, I ask that you please vote NO on the OCRA package if SITSA in current form is included. Herbs and Botanicals do not belong in OCRA, SITSA, or any related bills or bill packages.
The Kratom Trade Association (KTA) is dedicated to the safe and responsible use of Kratom botanical products in the U.S. KTA is committed to regulatory compliance and will develop and promote use of best practices and quality standards for the industry. KTA will support Kratom research initiatives and conduct advocacy efforts to educate policy makers and the public about the benefits of Kratom, as well as dispelling common misconceptions. Visit www.kratomtrade.org for more information.