Is Kratom Legal Where I Live?

The worldwide laws revolving around the Southeast Asian tree are ever-changing. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have attempted to combat its usage in the United States by pushing a kratom ban, while scientists and other advocates are fighting to keep it legal.

Is Kratom Legal In My State?

In the U.S., there are currently six states in which kratom is labeled as a controlled substance and is therefore illegal to sell, possess, use and grow. There are also a few cities and counties in legal states in which kratom use and possession is banned.

Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin
Kratom is illegal in all areas of use, possession, and purchase.

Illinois
Kratom is legal for use, with exception of Jerseyville, to people over the age of 18.

New Hampshire
Kratom is legal to use for anyone over the age of 18.

California
Kratom is legal for use but banned in the city of San Diego.

Florida
Kratom is legal for use but banned in Sarasota County.

Mississippi
Kratom is legal for use but banned in Union County.

Colorado
Kratom is legal in Colorado, with an exception in Denver where it is “illegal for human consumption.”

Tennessee
Kratom was banned, but it was lifted in 2017 and is now legal to use for those over 21 years old.

In the remaining states of Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming (phew) it is legal to consume, purchase and sell kratom.

It’s much harder to write all the states when you’re singing the song in your head but have to leave out certain ones, just FYI.

Is Kratom Legal In My Country?

Through all my research, I’m getting a pretty good idea of what is legal and where. There is a lot of vague info on certain countries, and I’m using the internet as well as friends of mine that live around the world for info, so this article will be updated as I receive clearer knowledge. Reddit is also a nice resource to use for answering your international kratom questions.

Africa
I’m not finding a whole lot of information about the legality of kratom in Africa. An employee over here at Kraken is from South Africa and mentioned that a surprising amount of people haven’t heard of it where she’s from.

Further research shows that kratom is in fact legal in South Africa; it’s just not a widely known that it is legal. What’s also interesting is that the laws in South Africa seem pretty similar to the U.S. in that no medical claims can be made about the botanical. Kratom’s status in most of Africa’s countries is unclear.

Antarctica
Hahahaha!

Asia
Kratom is illegal in Israel, Japan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam.
– In China, I’m seeing there’s no definitive answer on its legality other than being legalized in Hong Kong.
– In Thailand, it has been illegal to grow kratom and has been since 1943, but that may not be the case soon. Marijuana and Mitragyna speciosa (kratom) are classified as Category 5 substances in Thailand, and they’re undergoing major regulation changes as Thai officials reconsider these plants’ potential. As of December 25, 2018, the Thai government amended their Narcotics Act of 1979 to allow for potential medicinal uses of these two Category 5 substances.

Australia & New Zealand
Kratom is illegal in all aspects in Australia. In New Zealand, it is a Schedule 1 substance, illegal to import and export, but may be prescribed locally by a doctor.

Europe
Kratom is banned for all use and purchase in the countries of Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Sweden. Check local legislation for specifics in Ireland, Italy, and United Kingdom.

North America
Aside from the U.S., which you can read about above, Canada has a similar law to that of Denver, Colorado which states kratom is “illegal for human consumption,” so you can find it listed as incenses, etc.

It appears that kratom is legal in all North and Central Latin American countries.

South America
My findings indicate that South American countries have no laws against kratom, but that it is not easy to find except in Brazil.

Closing

In the States, we should be preparing for to advocate for kratom in 2019. With a new Congress and the start of most state legislative sessions, we might see some laws changing in your area that affect your favorite herbal friend.

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