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Oklahoma Passes Kratom Consumer Protection Act

Oklahoma house pleased the public and kratom users, bypassing the bill of the kratom consumer protection act in March 2021. According to the Oklahoma Legislature website, the HB 1784 Kratom Consumer Protection Act was approved. This decision of the Oklahoma government makes it the fifth state to approve the protection act for kratom.

Details Of The Bill

HB 1784 requires vendors to clearly state the contents of all kratom products they sell. A Quick Response code may also be added to the packaging so that interested persons can check the contents from the website where the code must be linked. Failure to provide the information will proscribe all efforts of the vendor to sell the products.

The bill stresses that vendors cannot sell any product exceeding 2% of alkaloid content. Contamination and mishandling products will also be penalized. The bill also clarified that synthetic alkaloids cannot be sold as part of a product. Any synthetically derived compound is not allowed and if a person is found guilty of selling such products they will be convicted.

The bill suggested the imposition of $500 for people who violate the act and it was approved. However, this fine is for a one-time violation and on repeated counts, the violator will be fined $1,000. Vendors can also face a ban on selling for three years in case they are unable to provide the QR code, labeling ingredients, or contaminate products. You can see the session details here.

Analysis Of The Act

Oklahoma House approved the Consumer Protection Act for kratom for public health and safety. As mentioned above, the act will rigorously check vendors who do not label the products to disclose the contents of the products they sell. This act was needed as the consumers could be kept in the dark by vendors regarding the details of kratom products. The act also specifies a limit of alkaloids that make the products safe for use.

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Consumer protection is an essential factor that ensures the safety and wellbeing of all kratom users. This call for the act to be implemented was much-needed and is a positive step towards better consumerism as well as promoting awareness of kratom and its recommended dosage. So far Oklahoma is the fifth state to pass the bill and gradually this will encourage other states to follow.

Asad Khan
Asad Khan is an independent health journalist who specializes in food policy and global health. He is a senior fellow for investigative health journalism at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

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