Kratom’s legal status varies from location to location and is often subject to local laws. If you are interested in incorporating kratom products into your life, an important question to ask is, “Is kratom legal in my state or county?”
In this guide, we will outline the current laws in place regarding kratom within the United States.
Kratom is, as of 2020, legal in 37 of the 50 States in America. Kratom is legal for sale, purchase, and use within these states. Some states have specific laws about different counties, however. Here is a basic breakdown.
Where Is Kratom Legal?
Currently, kratom is illegal to buy, sell, and use from these states:
- Rhode Island
In the states listed above, kratom is considered fully illegal. Many other states have different levels of restriction as it applies to kratom. In these states, kratom is considered to be legal for use for anyone over the age of 18:
- Illinois (except Jerseyville, IL)
- New Hampshire
- California: Kratom is considered legal except in San Diego
- Florida: kratom is legal except in Sarasota County
- Mississippi: kratom is legal except for in Union County
- Colorado: kratom is legal except in Denver
For all the remaining states in the US, kratom is entirely legal to be bought, sold, and used. If your state falls into this list, kratom is legal as of 2020:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- Tennessee: 21 years or
Although kratom is considered to be legal in the above-mentioned states, a handful of cities within each state may have its laws concerning kratom. Take a look at this list to see whether your city has any regulations against kratom.
Changes on the Horizon
Laws and regulations are constantly being discussed and revised throughout the country. Some states, such as Tennessee, had kratom banned fully until 2017. Here are some states where the rules may be changing very soon.
You may have heard about new rules and regulations regarding kratom popping up in the Gem State. However, the law introduced in the summer of 2019 affects kratom’s regulation. This means that kratom in Idaho must meet certain standards and not be tampered with.
In Illinois, there was a push to classify kratom as illegal within the entire state in 2018. The bill did not pass, but the cities of Alton and Jerseyville have maintained laws that consider kratom to be illegal. Whether there will be another proposal to make kratom illegal is uncertain, but as of now, kratom is legal throughout the rest of the state.
Kansas is another state that saw a recent movement to ban kratom. In 2018, there was an effort to make kratom illegal within the state. Luckily, the proposed ban faced pushback from kratom advocates and did not affect kratom’s legal status.
Kratom is currently
legal in Kentucky, but that may be changing shortly. There are consistent movements that attempt to ban kratom from Kentucky, though none have succeeded yet. This may point to a change in the future, however, so it is important to stay on top of the state’s laws if you live in Kentucky.
Like Kentucky, Louisiana has seen its share of anti-kratom movements. Since at least 2014, there have been attempts to implement a ban on kratom use, but none of these have succeeded.
Minnesota’s history of kratom laws is tricky. Before 2018, kratom was legal for purchase within the state by all individuals. However, in 2018, a new law was passed that specified that kratom purchasers must be over 18. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as similar laws are in place regarding cigarette use and alcohol throughout the United States, but some people fear that it may be foreshadowing changes within Minnesota’s kratom laws.
It is currently legal within Ohio. However, this may be changing soon. A bill that intended to ban kratom within Ohio passed through several legal steps, before being ultimately postponed. Ohio may have changed its mind about making kratom illegal, but the fact that the bill succeeded as well as it did maybe a concern to kratom aficionados in Ohio.
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