DEA considers ban on herbal stimulant

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OKLAHOMA CITY - This month, more than 100,000 Americans got together to push back against government regulation.

They are up in arms about a potential federal government ban on a drug they said has changed their life.

The herbal stimulant is called Kratom, and faithful users are organizing around the country.

They believe the DEA has stepped over the line in calling the plant dangerous and addictive.

They united on social media with a massive YouTube campaign, and they are sharing their stories online about how a mysterious plant from Taiwan is releasing drug users from their addiction and giving life-saving relief to people who have chronic diseases and lifelong pain.

"It is a plant," said Kratom user Justeen Cosa. "It's a tree that's in the same family as the coffee bean. It is not chemicals, and it is not man-made. God made it."

Oklahomans are using the miracle herb to treat their pain and PTSD as well as to get off heroin and prescription painkillers.

But, the federal government is seriously considering making it illegal.

A new classification on Kratom would turn the herbal-tea drinkers into felony drug users.

Ali Meyer's special report 'Kratom Krisis' airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on NewsChannel 4.

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