Letter to OMB From House Members Urges Agency to Step In If DEA Fails to Halt Ban; Need Seen to Allow for Expert & Public Comment, Additional Research of Kratom Benefits.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 28, 2016 – More than 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) urging the federal agency to halt an emergency push to ban the coffee-related herb kratom by as early as Friday (September 30th). A related letter by the 51 U.S. House Members also has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Organized by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), the DEA and OMB letters were signed by 28 Democrats and 23 Republicans, including two medical doctors serving in Congress. The signers represent Congressional Districts in 25 states, including California, Georgia, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, New York state, and Texas.
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