Kratom Rally Washington DC

by | Jan 4, 2023 | Kratom Advocacy

Kratom March

September 13, 2016 is a day that I will never forget! It was an extremely hot day for September. The community came together. The Kratom Rally was something that was wonderful and eye opening for me.

On August 30th 2016 we were made aware of the DEA’s Intent to Schedule Kratom. Schedules of Controlled Substances: Temporary Placement of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine Into Schedule I.

We got together to March in Washington DC and show support as kratom consumers who depend upon this plant for a better quality of life.

I was excited to see numerouse advocates all there for the same things. That was the day that I met Travis Lowin of the Botanical Education Alliance among others who were strong supporters.

I remember and the amount of supporters I saw reminded me that I am not alone in this fight. I remember the unity and the focus on kratom that day. Everyone had the same goal in mind that day. Keep kratom Legal.

Washington DC Kratom Protest

I live about 2 hours from Washington DC and at least the drive was not that bad. Sitting in traffic in Washington DC is another story. If you have visited Washington DC, you know about the traffic.

We parked in a parking garage and walked a bit to get where we needed to be. I eventually started seeing supporters with picket signs and knew I was in the right place.

I was very excited to see the multitudes of kratom supporters with picket signs handing out cups of mitragyna speciosa. We even had a tin man on scene to help us out. If you were there you know who I am talking about.

We had a person dressed as the tin man sitting in a chair and handing out cups of kratom. I think it was his first time trying mitragyna speciosa too. I just loved being there around like-minded individuals that are making a difference.

I still have my sign from September 13, 2016 and I have it displayed proudly on the wall of my office. That sign reminds me daily what I am truly doing each day. I am here to tell the truth about kratom and tell my story.

We had speakers such as Susan Ash, Dave Derian and Drew Turner. Ryan from the Botanical Education Alliance speaking too. There were many people who just wanted their story heard. Everyone wanted people to know that this herb had made their lives better.

We wanted to make it known that kratom has helped so many people and the government needs to hear our voice. We all wanted to show that we are fighting for the truth and for our rights. We got to hear the stories of people who have used kratom to help them through tough times, as well as the stories of those who have helped to spread the word about the benefits of kratom.

It was truly inspiring and motivating to be surrounded by so many people who are passionate about making a difference. I am forever grateful for the experience and I will always cherish the sign that I was able to take home with me. It is a reminder that we will never give up the fight for kratom.

Is kratom bad?

Mitragyna speciosa is a tea that taste bitter and makes lives better. We just wanted the rest of the country to know that this was not a bad thing.

When I hear of people lives’ being destroyed by mitragyna Speciosa I know right away that there is something else going on. Mitragyna speciosa tea from kratom powder does not cause severe issues that we hear about from the food and drug administration. I am not sure what people are taking that is causing them such side effects?

We could be taking about adulterated products and pure leaf powder. I only use our brand, so I know that it works for me personally.

I have been using mitragyna speciosa since 2015 and I know that plain leaf kratom gives me a better quality of life and not the opposite. Kr8om does not cause issues for me, but helps me deal with the issues I have and live a better quality of life.

Kratom is a tool

Mitragyna Speciosa is a tool that has given me a better quality of life.

Most people already know that mitragyna speciosa has made a profound difference in my life and has made my quality of life much better.

I have told people I would love to just focus on advocacy at some point, but we will see how the journey goes. Whether or not I am a vendor I still get to talk to people about mitragyna speciosa and tell my story.

We had kratom vendors and consumers alike hand in hand fighting to allow this plant to remain legal. We had people walking through Washington DC asking us about mitragyna speciosa and why mitragyna speciosa was going to be banned.

My Kratom Story

I was able to tell my story and talk to people about kratom and how mitragyna speciosa had made my life better. My wife had not used mitragyna speciosa at that point yet, so she was still learning about it and how it was helping me in many areas of my life.

Mitragyna speciosa advocates came together, and we had one message. Keep Kratom Legal.

Stop Government overreach and remain free to choose kratom. Guess what, We did it! Together we stopped government overreach and stopped it from being banned.

I was there as a mitragyna speciosa consumer that day and I only wanted to support the community. I was still new as a vendor in 2016 and many of the Big guys that came before me were there in support.

I looked up to these people considering I saw that the drive behind this rally was only to save kratom. Nobody was trying to push an agenda or sell mitragyna speciosa. People just wanted others to know that this plant is making an enormous difference in their lives.

I remember meeting Dave Derian, Paul Kemp, Susan Ash and Ryan from the Botanical Education Alliance for the first time. I was honored to meet the people who have truly poured their heart out for the community and have done so much to keep kratom legal.

Kratom Community

One of the best moments was on youtube when the video Liberal Redneck – Talkin Bout Drugs

came out. Trae Crowder helped get numerous signatures on the D.E.A. Petition. We came together!

Let us make sure that we always come together when it matters most. We are kratom! We need to have the unity of 2016 everyday. PLEASE put whatever differences we have aside and let’s all get along!

The original kratom community from 2016 is still fighting for the greater good of kratom, but we all must admit that things have changed. I am not sure what changed, but we really need to stick together for the greater good of the plant!

I really don’t see the enthusiasm or the drive from the kratom community that I saw in 2016. I am not sure if some of those people stopped using mitragyna speciosa, if the community itself just ran out of energy, or if covid somehow caused people to focus on other things?

Advocacy burnout is a real thing and we have been fighting for kratom for a long time now, so burnout is possible.

I really felt the mitragyna speciosa communities’ energy and the way that everyone worked together. I miss those days and I hope that everyone realizes that the fight is not over yet!

Hopefully, all of this is temporary, and we understand that the fight is far from over! We have much more to do, and we really need the unity and energy we had in 2016!

I am just one vendor in a sea of vendors that is trying to do the right thing. Kratom made a huge difference in my life and I just want to tell as many people about mitragyna speciosa before my time is up on this earth.

Kratom Advocates

We are primarily advocates! We have poured most of our profits back into our business and into advocacy efforts to save kratom. We do not want to see mitragyna speciosa being banned, or have people think that some of the synthetic products being sold are real kratom products.

Kratom Advocacy is very important to us and we will do what we can to get the word out about the plant that we love.

Christopher’s Organic Botanicals Products are never enhanced with mitragynine and/or 7-hydroxymitragynine. The KCPA and the American Kratom Association support all natural products.

The effects of kratom from southeast asia should not induce any type of high at all. Types of kratom such as bali or borneo are the most well known kratom leaves. Purchase Mitragyna Speciosa from a reputable kratom brand. Companies that provide 3rd party lab testing results and live customer service are companies that should be supported.

Mitragyna speciosa gets a bad name from people selling products that are not 100% kratom. Our life is mitragyna speciosa and we will always do what we can to support mitragyna speciosa being available to everyone who needs it.

Kratom Advocacy

Check out the kratom guy show for kratom advocacy!

Cory Booker

Thank You to New Jersey’s Own Cory Booker for supporting the Federal Kratom Consumer Protection act, also known as the Federal Clarity for Kratom Consumers Bill. He has made it possible for people to have clean kratom products available to them in the state of New Jersey.

We thank you for considering a plant that has helped so many people already. Thank You!


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