Is Kratom Legal?

Is Kratom Legal

IS KRATOM LEGAL?

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a native Southeast Asian tropical tree in the same family as the coffee plant. Its main compounds, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, are Alkaloid substances that interact with receptors in the brain, causing sedation, pleasure, and reduced pain. For many years, people from Thailand, Malaysia, and other Southeast Asian countries have used the leaves as an herbal supplement to increase energy and to alleviate pain. The use of Kratom in the United States is mainly used for pain management, relaxation, and for some, for its mild psychoactive properties. But is it legal?

FEDERAL VS STATE LAWS

According to the American Kratom Association (AKA), which advocates for Kratom to be legal in all 50 states, the herb is legal on the federal level.  The legal status of Kratom in the United States varies between different states, with it being fully legal in some states, controlled in others, and entirely illegal in a handful of states.  An interactive map, compliments of AKA, will show you if it’s legal in your state. Kingdom Kratom serves all of the United States except for the following states and cities where it is banned: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, San Diego (California), Vermont, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. 

Here’s a state by state status of the legality of Kratom:

Alabama: At this time, Kratom is currently illegal in Alabama. AKA has retained counsel to fight for legal use. 

Alaska: Kratom is currently legal in Alaska.

Arizona: Kratom is currently legal in Arizona. 

Arkansas: At this time, Kratom is currently illegal in Arkansas.

California: Kratom is currently legal at this time. Except in San Diego where it is illegal.

Colorado:  Kratom is currently legal in Colorado.

Connecticut: Kratom is currently legal in Connecticut.

Delaware: Kratom is currently legal in Delaware.

Florida: Kratom is currently legal in Florida, although it is not legal in Sarasota County.

Georgia: At this time Kratom is legal in this state, but Georgia continues to pursue changing state law.

Hawaii: Kratom is currently legal in Hawaii.

Idaho: Kratom is currently legal in Idaho.

Illinois: Kratom is currently legal in Illinois (must be over 18).

Indiana: At this time, Kratom is illegal in Indiana.

Iowa: Kratom in Iowa is currently legal.

Kansas: Kratom is currently legal in Kansas.

Kentucky: Kratom is currently legal in Kentucky.

Louisiana: Kratom is currently legal in Louisiana but a bill pending threatens this status. 

Maine: Kratom is currently legal in Maine.

Maryland: Kratom is currently legal in Maryland.

Massachusetts: Kratom is currently legal in Massachusetts.

Michigan: Kratom is currently legal in Michigan.

Minnesota: Kratom is currently legal in Minnesota.

Mississippi: Kratom is currently legal in Mississippi.

Missouri: Kratom is currently legal in Missouri.

Montana: Kratom is currently legal in Montana.

Nebraska: Kratom is currently legal in Nebraska.

Nevada: Kratom is currently legal in Nebraska.

New Hampshire: Kratom is currently legal in New Hampshire.

New Jersey: Kratom is currently legal in New Jersey.

New Mexico:  Kratom is currently legal in New Mexico.

New York: Kratom is currently legal in New York.

North Carolina: Kratom is currently legal in North Carolina.

North Dakota: Kratom is currently legal in North Dakota.

Ohio: Kratom is currently legal in Ohio.

Oklahoma: Kratom is currently legal in Oklahoma.

Oregon: Kratom is currently legal in Oregon.

Pennsylvania: Kratom is currently legal in Pennsylvania.

Rhode Island: Kratom is currently legal in Rhode Island.

South Carolina: Kratom is currently legal in South Carolina.

South Dakota: Kratom is currently legal in South Dakota.

Tennessee: At this time, Kratom is legal in Tennessee.

Texas: Kratom is currently legal in Texas.

Utah: Kratom is currently legal in Utah.

Vermont: At this time, Kratom is currently illegal in Vermont.

Virginia: Kratom is currently legal in Virginia.

Washington: Kratom is currently legal in Washington.

West Virginia: Kratom is currently legal in West Virginia.

Wisconsin: Kratom is currently illegal in Wisconsin.

Wyoming: Kratom is currently legal in Wyoming.

AMERICAN KRATOM ASSOCIATION ADVOCACY

On behalf of the growing numbers of Kratom users, including doctors, lawyers, teachers, and law enforcement officers, the American Kratom Association, as a Virginia registered non-profit, works to help protect their ability to use Kratom for the purposes of improved health and well being. The American Kratom Association has five main goals: support consumers; educate the public and legislators; amplify the voices of those who feel Kratom helped them, bring global awareness to demonstrate responsible use and practical knowledge other countries may study when considering Kratom legislation; and protect the natural resources of Kratom by encouraging sustainable farming. If you’d like to help in this effort, Kingdom Kratom suggests supporting the legislative and education efforts of the American Kratom Association by donating here

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