29 Dec, 20220
Is Kratom Legal in Utah in 2023?
If you’re planning to visit Utah, you’ll be happy to know that Kratom is legal in Utah. Utah is also the leading honey producer, and the Honey Bee is even the state’s official insect! They were also the first state to pass some life-changing legislation regulating Kratom. Read on to find out more!
- Laws and Legislation of Kratom in Utah
- How can I buy Kratom in Utah?
- The AKA and Kratom Advocacy in Utah
Laws and Legislation of Kratom in Utah
In March 2017, an attempt to criminalize Kratom went down to defeat. House Bill 110 would have added Kratom to the Utah Controlled Substances Act. Then in March of 2019, Utah broke the mold for Kratom when it became the first state to pass the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA).
Instrumental in its passage was the American Kratom Association and its lobbyist, Mac Haddow, who happened to have led the first Senate campaign for the eminent Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). In addition, this groundbreaking legislation led the way for three other states – Georgia, Arizona and Oregon – to pass similar legislation that year.
Under this bill, Kratom vendors must:
- perform approved lab tests to test for purity and alkaloid content
- label their Kratom products to include the place of origin, ingredients and alkaloid content
- Prohibit the sale of any Kratom products containing contaminants, impurities, pathogens or illegal substances
- Dispose of any impure Kratom
- Only sell Kratom to individuals who are 21 or older
- Face jail time or fines if not in compliance with these regulations.
How can I buy Kratom in Utah?
As long as you are 21, you can purchase Kratom in Utah.
Kratom is sold locally in headshops, specialty shops and even in convenient 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. For example, Kingdom Kratom, a company based in San Antonio, Texas since 2017, sells 29 types of Kratom powders, more than 50 types of capsules and several new extracts. The company’s website also provides good educational information for Kratom users, and the company adheres to best manufacturing practices. They also have a passionate team of Kratom users who can guide you on your Kratom journey.
The AKA and Kratom Advocacy in Utah
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 (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 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.