What is Kratom’s Legal Status Around the World?

Legislating Kratom

People interested in experiencing the various benefits of Kratom might also be concerned about whether acquiring it is legal. Given the plant’s therapeutic properties, it’s reasonable to worry it could be prohibited. So, is it legal to own Kratom?

As of 2022, around the world Kratom is legal in most places, although it often hovers over a very blurry line in terms of government opinion. However, the issue of Kratom legality is being debated in numerous places as some countries have taken steps to impose a Kratom ban. If you are interested in trying this product, you will have to determine if you live somewhere Kratom is allowed legally.

For many years, Kratom has been used by people in Southeast Asia where the Mitragyna Speciosa plant is natively found, including countries like Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, for its healing capabilities. They chew the leaves, consume powder or make a green tea and consume it to relieve pain, combat depression and anxiety, and remedy a variety of illnesses.

However, if enough Kratom is consumed, you can experience a level of euphoria. This makes the likelihood of Kratom being abused as a drug a lot more tempting for people looking for a good feeling.

Although Kratom offers a wide range of possible medical benefits, such as combating opioid addiction and chronic pain, it is also potentially addictive due to its recreational incentives. This makes some governments wary about whether or not it should be listed as a habit-forming drug and therefore banned.

There are still a lot of places where Kratom is both legal and easy to get. Many herb stores, homeopathic shops, and online retailers offer a wide range of Kratom, from powders and leaves to teas and capsules.

If you are interested in using this natural pain reliever and mood enhancer, check out this list to see if it is legal for you to use:

Places in the United States Where Kratom is Legal to Buy, Use, and Sell

Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming

Legal with Stipulations

  • Illinois – Kratom is legal for people over the age of 18 except in Jerseyville, where it is banned.
  • New Hampshire – Kratom is legal to use for anyone who’s at least 18 years old.
  • California – Kratom is banned in San Diego but legal everywhere else.
  • Florida – Kratom is legal for use except in Sarasota County.
  • Mississippi – Kratom is legal except in Union County.
  • Colorado – Kratom is legal except in Denver, where it is “illegal for human consumption.”
  • Tennessee – Kratom is legal to use for those over 21 years old.

Legal in Other Regions

  • Africa
  • South America
  • North and Central Latin America
  • Antarctica
  • Hong Kong

Legal with stipulations in other countries

  • Just about everywhere else. It is best to check with your local legislation if you are unsure if Kratom is legal or not.

Where Kratom is Illegal (You will get in a lot of trouble)

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Unfortunately, some places see the bad outweighing the good. In these areas, Kratom is illegal to own and you could find yourself facing high fines, a DUI if caught driving and even time in prison. If you live in any of these areas, we advise you to just say no. Kratom may become legal in your area sooner than you think.

United States: (No buying, selling, growing, using, smelling, or touching)

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin

Other Regions where Kratom is banned:

  • Asia: Israel, Japan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam
  • Thailand: Only if prescribed by a doctor for medical purposes.
  • Australia
  • New Zealand: Only allowed if prescribed by a doctor.
  • Europe: Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Sweden
  • Canada: “Illegal for human consumption.”

Why is Kratom Seen So Differently Per Location?

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Although Kratom has been around for such a long time, it is not well-known to anyone who does not live in the areas where it naturally grows. With the advances in technology and the increased ability to spread information all over the world i.e. the internet, Kratom is starting to become more mainstream.

Since this natural “medicine” is so new to most people in Western parts of the world, we are still not sure exactly how to proceed with its dual effects. Although it is known to help with pain and other illnesses, it is also understood that it can become addictive with overuse. Therefore, it prompts debate on whether to consider it an illegal drug or natural homeopathic medicine.

Other Information on the Legality of Kratom

There are still many places in the world that are unsure when it comes their stance on the use of Kratom, making their laws and regulations a little difficult to understand or even find.

However, more positives are being brought to light as the interest in Kratom expands. Some people feel this may be the solution to the opiate problems we have all been waiting for.

Our Takeaway

Kratom has been making great strides in the medical field and may one day help keep more dangerous drug addictions at bay. It is safe to say that if Kratom is illegal in your area now, chances are looking good that your legislature may be considering changing their laws. We, of course, do not condone the purchase, use of, or even possession of Kratom when travelling through a location where it is illegal, however, there have already been a lot of places where Kratom was previously illegal change their laws to make it legal for public use. Keep an eye out and follow the industry’s updates and news.

Written by Daniel Recardo

Founder of Kratom IQ; a self-improvement junkie and Kratom enthusiast. I started this website in 2015 to help people avoid the common pitfalls and mistakes with Mitragyna Speciosa, and ultimately get the most out of this amazing plant. Learn More...

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