The relationship between kratom and the feds just got weirder.
The federal government may not be friendly to kratom, but the kratom industry sure is being friendly to federal government employees. On Monday, as the US government shutdown reached its 24th day, online kratom vendor Kraken Kratomannounced it is offering free kratom to furloughed federal employees and those working without pay during the shutdown.
The move comes at a unique moment for kratom, an opioid-like plant that has been in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s crosshairs for years. In February 2018, the Food and Drug Administration took up the charge against kratom as well, and in November, the DEA strongly suggested the drug would be made illegal in the near future.