I was asked by a couple people to post an explanation of the events. I thought this was a non-issue, and that it would not be heard of after the items were removed from the bags. I did not want to add fuel to the fire by responding. . . but we see how that worked for John Kerry. . . so here it goes. . .
The items in question in the bag were crushed kratom leaf, and a 15x extract. They were sent to Cleveland befire the event. I got a mail stating that they were received, and giving the impression the gift would be included in the bag, prior to the event starting.
When I received my bag, it was conspiciously absent of any gifts, so I asked about it. I was told by, I think Phoenix is her name, that her order to not include them was in jest, and I asked if I could help put them in. I received permission to do so, and did.
Later that night, I was headed to last chance, and saw Ms. Lipscomb walking with some friends, headed there as well. One of them was carrying the box of items - they had been removed. I asked about it, she stated there were concerned people, and I took the box to the front of the hotel for them to secure during last chance. That was the last time that the items were in the posession of anyone formally affiliated with PSI. I took the product back on my way to my room, and intended to distro it to my friends, on my own time.
Nearly Everyone involved with PSI acted as professionally as possible in dealing with the issue, and they sure as heck do not need any more grief about this. It was aparently included on a misunderstanding, and as soon as there was (unwarranted) concern, they had the items removed. Nobody at day 2 of registration got one in a bas, and only a few persons on day 1 got one.
Regardless, it is a perfectly legal product that carried more than any necessary warnings on it.
I am told that there was concern due to people in "recovery" receiving them. To that I would say there was vodka included in the bags in Minneapolis, MN at NPS. When I travelled with Midwest Slam League, we handed out bottles of UV vodka, as they were our sponsor. Vodka is different in that it is A: a consumptive product B: responsible for thousands of fatalities a year.
The product was provided with that in mind, because the thinking was, SURELY if vodka was allowed in the bags, the kratom incense would not be a big deal at all.
This all boils down to a misunderstanding about whether it was allowed in the bags or not in the first place, and was corrected by those involved with PSI as expeditiously as possible. It should be a non-issue at this point.
I'm hoping this resolves the matter, and we can get on with thanking the finalists for the epic performances, and those in the host city who made them possible. . .