In response to news that the DEA plans on banning the use of kratom in the United States as of September 30, people are telling their stories and explaining why they feel this is an unjust decision. Heavy spoke with several advocates who shared photos and their stories in hopes of shedding light on the issue. Kratom users come from all walks of life.
Cat Smith told Heavy she worked for the police force for 8 years, "Four of which I did UC (undercover narcotics). I was sent all over NC." Cat is a strong proponent of kratom. Click through the gallery for more photos and stories.