29 Sep, 20220
Is Kratom Legal in North Carolina in 2023?
North Carolina is the 28th largest state in the United States and ranks 10th in the nation in population. It is a prominent tourist state, so if you’re planning to visit here, you’ll be pleased to know that in 2023, Kratom is legal to possess, consume, purchase and distribute for anyone 18 years or older.
- What is Kratom?
- Laws and Legislation of Kratom in North Carolina
- How can I buy Kratom in North Carolina?
- The AKA and Kratom Advocacy in North Carolina
Laws and Legislation of Kratom in North Carolina
While Kratom is legal now, it was briefly threatened in 2016 when Senate Bill 830 was put forth. That bill went down to defeat but would have banned Kratom and listed it as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. Advocates and supporters quickly squelched the effort, and the bill died in committee. Later that year, House Bill 747 passed, restricting the legal age to purchase Kratom to 18 years old.
How can I buy Kratom in North Carolina?
Kratom is sold locally in headshops, specialty shops and convenience stores, but you can also purchase it online from any reputable Kratom vendor. However, be aware that it’s difficult to establish quality checks on the products from local shops, as they are usually third-party sellers.
Purchasing from an online vendor often provides a fresher product and better pricing. Also, online vendors will offer a more excellent selection of products, from powders to capsules to extracts and gummies. Open in 2017, Kingdom Kratom, a company based in San Antonio, Texas, offers 29 types of Kratom powders, more than 50 types of capsules and five new extracts. A reputable vendor’s website also provides good information, education and best practices. They also have a passionate team of Kratom users who can guide your journey.
The AKA and Kratom Advocacy in North Carolina
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. It advocates for continued regulation to ensure Kratom quality and also for increased 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 then receive notification of any changes to laws and any advocacy needed. Join the email list here.
The Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA)
The Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KPCA) is legislation the American Kratom Association introduced that encourages advocacy for Kratom education and research. In addition, it sets legal guidelines for the industry regarding labeling, ingredients, and age restrictions. The Act prohibits the sale of adulterated or misbranded Kratom. The KCPA would also create a certification program for Kratom retailers and manufacturers.
The Kratom Consumer Protection Act is under consideration in more than 20 states, says a spokesperson for the American Kratom Association. As of 2023, the KPCA has passed in eight 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.