AKA Chairman Dave Herman has given me permission to send this email to you today.
My name is C.M. “Mac” Haddow, and I have been fighting every day to protect and preserve your right to purchase safe and unadulterated kratom in the United States.
There is no doubt that the Trump Administration's FDA has become the biggest enemy of kratom, and even with Scott Gottlieb now gone the War on Kratom is actually expanding.
Incredibly, the Trump FDA has convinced the Minister of Health in Indonesia to impose a ban on growing and exporting kratom -- and an order has been issued to have all growers stop growing and harvesting kratom plants.
Those growers have just 5 years to come into compliance, and then a total ban is in effect.
The kratom farmers will have to start transitioning right away to protect their livelihood and that means big trouble for kratom consumers in the United States.
The bottom line is kratom exporters have also been warned they should stop exporting kratom.
The AKA asked me to assemble a Delegation to go to Indonesia to talk with government officials, and we did.
Former Congressman Matt Salmon, Utah State Senator Curt Bramble, and Dr. Jack Henningfield joined me in an official Delegation to meet with Indonesian officials last month.
When we met with the Ministry of Health officials, our worst fears were confirmed.
The Trump FDA’s lies about kratom had convinced the Ministry of Health that kratom was a dangerous drug and had to be banned in Indonesia. They used the same outdated, deeply flawed, and outright deceptive so-called “science” claiming kratom is an opioid, it is as addictive as classic opioids, and it is killing people.
Indonesia currently produces more than 95% of the kratom that comes to the United States.
If this ban is allowed to go into effect, it will effectively end consumer access to kratom in the United States, and the FDA won’t have to do anything more to declare victory in the War on Kratom.
Even if some black-market kratom gets into the United States after the Indonesian ban goes into effect, it will be so expensive that only the uber-rich will be able to afford it. And it will likely be extremely dangerous to consume because there will be no standards on growing, harvesting, and shipping.
Dave Herman, Chairman of the AKA, has asked me and others in the Delegation to go back to Indonesia and lobby the top-levels of government officials there that the Trump FDA is wrong, and how the Indonesian Ministry of Health has been badly deceived by them.
I am writing today to ask you to make as generous a donation as you can to the “Kratom Protection Fund.”
These trips to Indonesia are incredibly expensive.
It looks like going to Indonesia is now likely the most important action we can take to fight back against the FDA's ongoing war on kratom – a war they have now extended to Indonesia.
We can stop this ban in its tracks – just like we did when the FDA tried to convince the DEA to ban kratom in 2016.
But the AKA desperately needs your help today.
We have requested meetings with top Indonesian officials for the 3rd week in July.
That means we need your commitment today to guarantee the funds are available for the Delegation to travel there.
The trip is brutally long – with flights taking nearly 40 hours each way. And the cost of sending members of the Delegation is very, very expensive.
But if we don’t take the fight there right away, kratom fields will be converted to other crops, and access to kratom will end.
Please make the most generous commitment you can – and please do it today!