DEA Spokesman Says They Will Start Making Bust After Kratom Ban Takes Effect & Thinks It’s Funny That People Are Stockpiling

DEA spokesman Melvin Patterson says the agency acted following a boom in popularity and that the DEA likely will feel the need to make busts when the ban takes effect. He says it’s unwise to stock up, as that may result in more serious criminal charges.

“It’s real funny because it still will be considered a Schedule I and if they’re in possession of it they will be at risk, so I wouldn’t want to be stockpiling it – that only makes it worse,” he says. “Obviously, there are no actions DEA can take in the next 30 days, but thereafter things will change.”

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After 30 days, he says, “I could see something happen to show this is serious.”



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