28 Dec, 20220
Is Kratom Legal in Missouri in 2023?
Located on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, Missouri was an important hub of transportation and commerce in early America. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is a monument to Missouri’s role as the “Gateway to the West.” In regards to Kratom, in 2023, Missouri legalized it — and regulated it with the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
- What is Kratom?
- Laws and legislation of Kratom in Missouri
- Where can I buy Kratom in Idaho?
- Kratom Advocacy in Idaho
What is Kratom?
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is an evergreen tree native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia and part of the coffee plant family. The farmers in Southeast Asia have become experts in growing and harvesting Kratom, and to this day, the highest quality Kratom available in the world comes from this region. Harvested Kratom has helped farmworkers manage long and arduous work days for centuries. Kratom leaves contain two alkaloids: mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Depending on the strain and vein of Kratom and the dosage, Kratom can have stimulant effects, calming effects, or relief from discomfort. Traditionally, people chewed Kratom leaves or brewed them to make tea. Today, Kratom can be taken conveniently in many ways, including powder, capsules, and extracts.
Laws and legislation of Kratom in Missouri
Presently, Kratom is legal to buy and use in Missouri. However, just over the border, Alton and Jerseyville had banned it. Earlier, St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson counties considered regulating or banning Kratom in their jurisdictions. But in 2022, Missouri legislators voted to approve the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA). This bill establishes safety and quality guidelines for all Kratom manufacturers and retailers in the state. In addition, the bill prohibits the sale of Kratom to anyone under 18. The passage of this new law marks a significant turning point for Kratom in Missouri.
A similar bill was introduced on the federal level. The bipartisan, bicameral Protect Access to Kratom legislation was introduced in the United States Senate by U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Mark Pocan (D-WI). S.B.5316 and H.R.9634 will provide federal protections for Kratom consumers from adulterated products. It also empowers consumers to make informed choices on Kratom products that help their health and well-being.
Where can I buy Kratom in Missouri?
Kratom is sold in many head shops, smoke shops, and herbal shops, but many Missourans still choose to shop from their favorite reputable online retailers. While many people like the convenience of local head shops, online retailers are superior for their value, selection, and freshness. Some vendors, like Kingdom Kratom based in San Antonio, Texas, test all their Kratom for impurities and potency. Likewise, Kingdom Kratom products are harvested for strength, maturity, and purity.
Kratom advocacy in Missouri
The American Kratom Association (AKA) is a non-profit advocacy group established in 2014, committed to preserving and protecting the freedom of Kratom or Mitragyna Speciosa. Also, it advocates for regulation to ensure Kratom quality and also for research on the benefits of Kratom. The AKA continues to work tirelessly to have Kratom legal in every state. You can help in that effort by joining the AKA as a “protector” of Kratom. You’ll receive notification of any laws changes and advocacy needed. Join the email list here.
Working in concert with the AKA, the Botanical Education Alliance also dedicates itself to educating consumers, lawmakers, law enforcement, and the media about safe and therapeutic natural supplements, including Kratom. Its mission is to increase understanding to influence public policy and protect natural supplements.
The Kratom Consumer Protection Act is under consideration in more than 20 states. As of 2023, the KPCA has passed in the following states: Utah, Georgia, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
To see if Kratom is currently legal in your state, please check out this interactive Kratom legality map.