The Texas Kratom Customer Act
On the last day of April 2021, the House of Representatives in Texas passed the Texas Kratom Customer Act, officially known as HB-1097. Less than three weeks later, the Texas Senate committee that deals with Health and human services unanimously approved the act. Essentially, this is a huge win not only for Kratom sellers and users in the state but also for the entire country.
Why? You might ask. Essentially, the Texas Kratom act protects each party that is involved in handling Kratom, from the farmer to the seller, and then the customers, as well as any other middleman in this chain.
It even does more than that. It ensures that the perception of the herbal extract is changed in one of the biggest and most influential states in the country. This is because Texas, which is one of the most influential states in the country, has set a precedent not only in the region but also in the country, by categorically stating that Kratom is a medical substance that should be legalized and not ignored and its use stigmatized.
That being said, there are still those who do not know much about the act and Kratom in the state in general. Is it legal? Does it affect who Kratom is handled and sold? This article will try and break down what exactly the act is all about and how it affects Kratom use in the state.
What is the Texas Kratom Consumer Act?
This is an act that was passed in the state of Texas, which regulates the manufacture, distribution, and sale of Kratom and all Kratom products in the state. Essentially, the act regulates the legality of the herbal extract in the state. It also makes sure that it defines all the terms associated with the product in the eyes of the law.
Definition of terms
In the act, Kratom is defined as any part of the Mitragyna speciosa plant. The Mitragyna speciosa is the scientific name of the tree that produces Kratom leaves, and thus all the Kratom products. Moreover, the term Kratom processor is also defined. A Kratom processor is an individual or institution that manufactures, prepares, maintains, or distributes Kratom products for sale.
There are also other definitions of a Kratom processor in the act. The act also defines a Kratom processor as an institution or individual who represents, advertises, or sees oneself as a seller, manufacturer, or preparer of any Kratom product. The Kratom processor, according to the act, is also responsible for ensuring that the product is properly labeled and is the purest.
According to the act, Kratom products are any food, including any pill, capsule, or extract, that contains any form of Kratom. This is the part of the act that is the most essential because it especially outlines what a Kratom product. Kratom products have been stigmatized over the years, and for the law of a particular state to categorically outline what a Kratom product is, as well as how it is to be handled, is the stuff of dreams.
This has been an issue of contention over the last couple of years, with many Kratom consumers complaining that the Kratom products they buy are either not poorly or not properly labeled. There are many things to take into account when it comes to labeling, and one of the most important is the serving size.
Before this act was brought into corporeality, one of the main obstacles that Kratom consumers in Texas face were Kratom products did not come with dosage and serving sizes. This made it an arduous task to try and determine the need for the proper dosage for the medical extract.
Now, processors, sellers, and retailers of anything Kratom have to offer serving suggestions, and this is the only way through which selling their products in the state of Texas is legal. This is a huge win for Kratom consumers, and as such, it should be applied to every single state in the country.
As obvious as it may sound, the actions needed to have anti-contamination laws. Criteria as created to try and label what contaminated Kratom was. In Texas, as per the Texas Kratom Consumer Act, an individual or business should not sell Kratom if the product is altered with dangerous non-Kratom products, which may affect the strength or quality of the product.
Moreover, no individual should sell Kratom if the product contains poisonous non-Kratom substances or contains more than 2 percent of 7-hydroxymitragynine alkaloids. Lastly, the Kratom sold should not contain any synthetic alkaloids, and ergo everything in it should be completely natural.
As you'd expect, there is an age restriction regarding the buying and selling of Kratom. According to the act, no person sells Kratom to someone younger than eighteen years.
Some consequences will be faced if the rules and regulations are stipulated in the act. For the first offense, the individual or business will be fined 250 dollars, 500 dollars for the second offense, and 1000 dollars each day after the third offense until you get in line with the law.