Kratom Stricken from West Virginia Schedule 1 Bill

25 Mar, 2020 Legality 8 Hit: 3493

A bill that would have banned kratom had been introduced into the West Virginia senate with only two weeks left in the legislative session. Introduced on February 24th, the bipartisan bill SB847 would have added mitragynine and 7-hydroxmitragynine to West Virginia’s list of Schedule I controlled substances.

During a hearing on the bill on 2/26/20, Senator Patricia Rucker made a motion to strike the kratom alkaloids from the list of substances on the bill. The motion passed, the bill passed Senate with a 31-1 vote, and was ordered to the House without mitragynine or 7-hydroxmitragynine in the language.

The American Kratom Association had encouraged kratom consumers in West Virginia to contact their representatives. They had accused sponsors of the bill of “trying to sneak through a ban on kratom.”

In a Facebook comment after the hearing, the AKA’s chief lobbyist Mac Haddow said of West Virginia, “We have lots of support from the legislature there who are going to see that this sneaky attack on Kratom is shut down.”

Of Senator Rucker’s motion, Haddow tweeted, “Senator Rucker in West Virginia stood tall for the Kratom consumers with her motion to strike the Kratom scheduling language from the West Virginia bill today. That motion passed on a voice vote and the AKA is very grateful to Senator Rucker for her courage and leadership.”


Created On Wednesday, October 11, 2023 Posted By AN Comment Link
so glad they decided against it. my husband has been taking it and its hard to say what wouldve happend had they gone through with it
Created On Monday, August 28, 2023 Posted By Lillian Comment Link
This is a surprising but exciting move for West Virginia!
Created On Wednesday, August 16, 2023 Posted By Heather Comment Link
So cool!
Created On Wednesday, August 9, 2023 Posted By Dreama Comment Link
I am so thankful for Senator Rucker's courage. Kratom is the only thing that seems to help with my husband's chronic pain and I don't know what we would do without it
Created On Friday, July 28, 2023 Posted By Ian R Comment Link
THis is awesome!!
Created On Tuesday, July 25, 2023 Posted By Kr8tumAdvocate560 Comment Link
Thank you Senator Rucker!!!
Created On Thursday, July 20, 2023 Posted By Kandace Comment Link
That is wonderful! So proud of her courageous efforts
Created On Thursday, June 29, 2023 Posted By Aaliyah Comment Link
i am surprised WV is ok with this but im not mad abou it
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