Fighting Against Florida’s Proposed Ban On Kratom

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Imagine, if you will, a leaf with a strong, traditional use in a foreign country, regularly chewed by its native people for the duration of their lives, and considered a staple of their culture and daily living. Kratom, an indigenous plant from Indonesia has been shown to contain many medicinal properties. In fact, Kratom is so effective for some people that it has caught the eye of Big Pharma who cannot handle the competition. Because of this, states from Indiana and now my own home state of Florida are proposing bans on this plant. Despite countless examples of how many people Kratom is being debated for addition to the controlled substances list in Florida.

“As a libertarian, and a believer in freedom of choice, I will fight against this proposed Kratom ban with everything I’ve got”, says Scott Harris, “We should give our citizens the option to decide for themselves what treatments and substances they want to try.”

We, the people of Florida, are facing a proposed ban on Kratom. A government elected by us to serve us has proposed a statewide bill to ban a substance that most of us have never heard of. Scientific studies do not confirm this leaf will harm or kill us. Scientific studies confirm tobacco will. Yet here we are, facing a ban on a substance that has been poorly evaluated without any concrete evidence that it is anywhere near as harmful as substances you can buy at every corner store in America.

This is what we know about Kratom. Kratom is thought to have potential for pain management. It’s thought that Kratom has promise as a treatment for opioid addiction, like heroin and painkillers. In Thailand, people use Kratom to treat diarrhea. We’re talking about a plant from the same family as coffee. Is Kratom addictive? Quite possibly. Coffee is addictive, as most coffee drinkers know when they miss their morning cup. But even still, we do not dictate to your average person going to Starbucks that they have no right to put an extra espresso shot in their latte. Why should the people we elect have the right to dictate the same to us for a leaf, without scientific evidence to dictate that the leaf is any more dangerous to us or our society than cigarettes or alcohol, which the Florida government allows us to buy as is our right.

Our bodies and what we put in them is ours alone to govern, so long as our use of Kratom does not bring harm to others. We made that decision for alcohol and tobacco, and there’s no justification to tell us we can’t purchase, grow, or consume a leaf that did not have to ask permission to grow on this earth. It is our right to imbibe, inhale, and in this case, chew, what we will, if none but ourselves are harmed. Fear mongering and preventative bans are the territory of a fascist nanny government, one which we shook off in 1776 in favor of the rights we have today.

In Indiana, Kratom was the subject of intense scrutiny. They evaluated a pair of chemicals in the leaf and came to the conclusion that they should be controlled, but in the end, they did not make the leaf illegal. The reasoning was simple: this is not a synthetic product. This is a leaf, and it is not within the authority of mankind to say whether adults should have access to a plant or not. In Iowa they treat it like tobacco, requiring someone to be eighteen to purchase it. Yet here in Florida, the call is to ban it entirely.

Study it. If science says it’s harmful, regulate it for safe use. Until then, allow us the freedom we as Americans rightfully have from tyrannical laws like this. We must not allow the precedent to be set for government to deny us the bounty of nature.

Donate Today To The Scott Harris Campaign

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It’s time for a change in Florida’s 7th congressional district. We need to shake things up. The status quo isn’t working anymore. You can either sit back and complain about the state of affairs in today’s world or you can do something about it. You can support Scott Harris, a Libertarian who aims to make a difference, to make Florida a better place to live. It’s in your hands. With your donations, we can be the change that we want to see in Florida with the help of a man who believes in protecting your freedom. The choice is yours.

What Scott Harris Represents

Scott Harris looks at the way things are and imagines the way that they could be. However, it is going to take more than imagination to make it happen. Florida needs action, not mere words, if there is going to be a brighter tomorrow. You can help make that happen with your donation to Scott Harris’ campaign. Scott Harris borrows his political philosophy from our founding father’s as a firm believer in supporting the personal freedoms of his constituency. He may be considered a radical by many, but his propositions make good sense to most. Freedom to make our own choices is one of the things that made this country so great. What happened along the way that made us think we needed over-zealous politicians and bureaucrats making decisions in our lives?

From legalizing drugs and allowing Florida’s citizens to make their own choices about their lives, to making treatment for addiction readily accessible, Harris sees two sides of the coin. He understands that many of the problems that surround drug use are due to the fact that it is illegal. As a result, people will do anything to buy and sell, resulting in a mess that overflows into the prisons. Legalize drugs and the drug wars will cease and fewer citizens will fall under the spell when such substances are no longer forbidden. When you send your hard-earned dollars to Scott Harris’ campaign, he will put your money to work when he enters the 7th congressional district.

A Non-Traditional Approach from a Non-Traditional Man

Scott Harris understands that the system is failing Florida’s citizens. As a Florida native who was raised in a family that did not fit the norm, a home that had two mothers, he has learned to think outside of the box. That means putting freedom of choice at the forefront of his campaign, from the right for rehabilitative programs for those who have not committed serious, legal offenses to a free market approach in the economy. If you value your freedom, donate to Scott Harris’ campaign to bring positive changes to the state that you love.

Elect Scott Harris For Florida’s 7th Congressional District

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It’s time for voters to ask themselves some tough questions before entering the polls on election day: Do we continue supporting an agenda that allows for the incarceration of large numbers of citizens, primarily imprisoned for nonviolent, drug-related offenses? Do we continue punishing those who suffer from addiction instead of allowing them access to treatment and a chance at rehabilitation? Should we allow our local and national economies to suffer under repressive policies that stifle the free market?

Scott Harris on Drug Offenses and Incarceration

Scott Harris, the Libertarian candidate running for Florida’s 7th District Congressional seat, is campaigning on the Republican ticket in the hopes that voters desire a drastic change in policy. Mr. Harris bases his political philosophy upon the belief that total freedom should be the end means of any enacted policy; that autonomy, freedom of choice and personal responsibility should be the bedrock of governmental interaction with the constituency.

Scott Harris supports the full legalization of all drugs. He believes that legislating personal choices is not only ineffective, it is wrong. He supports dispensing drugs in a legal, responsible manner that allows citizens to make educated choices. Mr. Harris knows that drug use will never be fully eradicated. Community resources should focus on safety, not prohibition. As a supporter of free choice, Scott Harris also fought with The Botanical Legal Defense Fund to have the plant material Kratom removed from a potential ban in Volusia county.

He also believes in second chances through creating compassionate social programs to aid those who have been put at a disadvantage by the current draconian law structure. Mr. Harris believes that all individuals currently locked up for drug related offenses should be released under their own recognizance to rehabilitation programs. The U.S. has the largest incarcerated population of any nation in the world, with many of those inmates being imprisoned for drug offenses. Mr. Harris believes that those who suffer from addiction deserve medical treatment and supervision, not punitive deprivation from rehabilitative resources.

Scott Harris on the Economy

As a Libertarian, Mr. Harris emphasizes the importance of the free market, valuing a laissez-faire mode of capitalism. The government shouldn’t interfere with the free market. He supports reducing limits on commerce based in the world wide web, the future of the world’s economy. Consumers should dictate the marketplace through their personal expenditures, not the government. Mr. Harris is critical of current government fiscal policies, recognizing how they have damaged the standing of the U.S. in the world economy. He is prepared to fight for the economic recovery that our country deserves.

Scott Harris – A Family Man and Entrepreneur

Scott Harris understands Floridians because his is bred, born and raised in the Sunshine State. Raised in Tallahassee by his 2 lovely mothers, he possesses the unique background of having been raised in a non-traditional family. His mothers brought him up to value freedom, equality and hard work.

Prior to campaigning for the 7th District Congressional seat, Scott attended the University of Florida. He graduated with a dual Master’s degree in Economic Policy and Political Science. After his college career, Scott went on to establish one of Florida’s most trusted tax and economic advisement services, Kissimmee Bookkeeping. After successfully establishing himself as a trusted financial adviser and strategist, he went on to utilize a large portion of his profits to establish The Hillsborough Society, a low-income outreach program geared toward educating young people about financial responsibility.

Florida, it’s time for your politicians to put their money where their mouth is. Scott Harris has a proven track record of fiscal and social responsibility, backed by a reputation that hasn’t been bought and paid for by corporate interests. This year, cast your vote for freedom, change and prosperity.