The real issue is that Kratom use is already so widespread that attempts at a total ban would inevitably create hardship for those who are already dependent on the drug, as well as fuel the appearance of a thriving black market.
Once a problem such as opoid overprescribing is widespread, entrenched in practice, good luck eradicating it with new laws.
My concern is that these same hallucinogens have a pronounced tendency to escape the research environment and find their way out into the streets
…as one judge told me at a conference: “no matter how many jails you build, judges will fill them. It’s the easiest way to make this someone else’s problem, instead of ours.”
So if some enterprising MD or PhD were to show with a proposal for research designed to prove that drinking has definite health benefits, the industry will throw money at it.
From a seller’s viewpoint, no customer is more desirable than someone who is actually dependent on their product.
…just as repeal of Prohibition didn’t make alcohol any safer for popular use… neither will legalization remove the risks associated with cannabis.
But if a community treats a correctional institution as a kind of locked flophouse, what else we can expect?
“…over the past five years, less than 10% of the nearly $40 billion in tobacco payments went towards such efforts.”