It's a mild and undramatic debut, but here it is:
From a teevee station in Oregon:
COOS BAY, Ore.- An anonymous tip leads police to the arrest of three adults and the seizure of rare drugs.
Friday, The South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team and Coos Bay Police took a search warrant at Lucky Loggers RV Park in Coos Bay.
According to Detective Sgt. Eric Schwenninger, they found more than 60 grams of hashish, over an ounce of processed marijuana, LSD, scales and drug paraphernalia.
Schwenninger says LSD is not something they see often in drug busts, and neither is a kratom.
The teevee station and the police spokesperson are blessedly neutral about kratom, simply saying that it's psychotropic (true, though so is coffee) and unregulated (also true).
And a Stranger reader from Iowa posted this comment on the story about kratom we ran a few weeks ago:
I live in Iowa, and have used Kratom for roughly 5 years now. I have never had any type of hallucinogenic nor life threatening reactions to it at all. This is simply ridiculous. A good friend of mine is a part of an organization called the Kratom association who has been contacting senators in Iowa for over a month now and they simply are ignoring us. It's pretty disheartening when you used to believe that we had a voice. Now here is the kicker. I am a law-enforcement officer of the state of Iowa who was approved to use kratom by my superiors after they did actual research on it. I am staying anonymous for obvious reasons but I have stated this to the senators through letters my friend has sent to them for me and again it falls on deaf ears. It's ridiculous; I guess they would rather that I as well as many of my colleagues (who use Kratom too for pain) go on disability because we cannot work on the RX drugs that they have prescribed.