In a press release on Nashville.gov officials showed their lack of knowledge on the plant Kratom and the definition of the word synthetic
Law enforcement in Nashville conducted a one month investigation into 26-year-old Christopher R Miller selling Kratom
Miller goes to court on June 12 and is held on $22,500 bond
In a press release to Nashville.gov officials described the plant as a “synthetic opiate substance”
Tennessee is one of the few states that preemptively took action by banning all-natural Mitragyna Speciosa, better known as Kratom.
It is no surprise that Nashville would give themselves a huge pat on the back after a large Kratom “bust.” Nashville.gov released a press release on Friday stating that a “month-long investigation, into the large scale distribution of a synthetic opiate substance known as Kratom has resulted in the arrest of a Clarksville man on felony drug charges and the seizure of more than five pounds of Kratom.”
The full press release reads as follows.
A one-month investigation into the large scale distribution of a synthetic opiate substance known as Kratom has resulted in the arrest of a Clarksville man on felony drug charges and the seizure of more than five pounds of Kratom.
Christopher R. Miller, 26, of Mickle Lane in Clarksville, is charged with possessing and selling an analogue controlled substance and driving on a revoked license.
The MNPD’s Major Case Task Force and narcotics detectives began the investigation by responding to an advertisement on the Internet concerning the sale of fresh and potent Kratom, a product of the Mitragyna speciosa tree native to Southeast Asia. The opiate synthetic substance is an illegal narcotic in Tennessee. According to the narcon.org website, Kratom can impact the human body by causing edginess, vomiting, sweating, constipation, delusions, respiratory depression, psychotic episodes, hallucinations and paranoia.
Detectives allege that Miller was supplying large amounts of Kratom to persons in the Nashville area. He was arrested after driving into a North Nashville parking lot, where he planned to sell the five plus pounds of Kratom to an individual who, unbeknownst to Miller, was an undercover police officer.
Miller is free on $22,500 bond. He is due in court on June 12th.
Nashville officials apparently understand so little about Kratom that they referred to it as its opiate counterpart. As it turns out, it is impossible for Kratom to be a “synthetic opiate substance” because it is a fucking plant.
It is this kind of ignorance, mixed with influence from pharmaceutical companies, that has placed Kratom on the verge of becoming America’s next illegal drug, despite the low risk of fatality compared to synthetic opiates.
One can only wonder, if this plant is so dangerous, why does one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world own the patents for the primary alkaloid in Kratom?