Proposed Maryland Kratom Ban

SB0147 (Sen. Young) and HB0283 (Rep. Kerr)

Legislative Update on Proposed Maryland Kratom Ban.

January 25th, 2020

Senator Ronald N. Young, the Senate sponsor of the kratom ban (SB0147), listened to the testimony of each witness, and Senator Young’s stated at the end of the Hearing that he was willing to consider provisions of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) as an option to his bill. Senator Young also clearly showed that he was interested in getting the kratom policy right for the benefit of the people of Maryland.

Watch the video of the Senate Hearing.

The deliberations for the kratom ban legislation, SB0147, starts at 1:08:34 on the tape.

The next scheduled Hearing on HB0283 will be at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in the House Judiciary Committee in Room 100 of the House Office Building, Annapolis, MD.

Every kratom advocate who is able should arrange to attend this Hearing if they can. The voices of kratom advocates make a huge impact, but you can bet there will be critics attending the February 4th Hearing.

Here are the Witness Guidelines to help you if you are a MD resident and can attend this Hearing:

Hearing Procedures:

Public bill hearings typically begin at 1:00 PM. Anyone wishing to testify on any bill must sign up using one of the electronic screens outside of the committee’s hearing room. Oral testimony will typically be limited to 3 minutes, but may be changed at the discretion of the Chair. Sign up will start at 9:00 AM the day of the bill hearing and close at 12:00 PM on the day of the hearing. You *must* provide an e-mail address on these screens when signing up to testify.

Testimony:

If you have written testimony, you *must* submit one hardcopy of your testimony and one electronic upload to the committee staff by 12:00 PM prior to the hearing. All written testimony must have a visible bill number. In addition to your one hardcopy of testimony, you *must* bring your written testimony in PDF format on a flash/thumb-drive. All testimony must be submitted between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM on the day of your bill’s hearing. After first signing up on the touch-screens, you *must* use the computers in the Committee Room to upload your written testimony located on your flash/thumb-drive to the electronic testimony system.

On the first computer, you will need to scan your flash/thumb-drive for viruses. After your flash/thumb-drive is cleared for viruses, you will disconnect your flash/thumb-drive and reconnect the device to either the second or third computers. On the second or third computers, you will then upload your testimony to the electronic testimony system. To properly upload your testimony, follow the instructions on the computer screens. If you have any questions, Committee staff will be available to assist you. FYI: if a virus is recognized on your flash/thumb-drive, you are not permitted to upload your testimony on the second or third computers.

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