Summary of Kratom Laws in US – Legality, FDA Rulings and State Laws

Kratom laws in US – The Current Scenario

The recent Kratom laws in US have made many Kratom users residing in the Midwest ponder upon the legality of buying Kratom in the states where they live; after all no one prefers to be on the wrong side of the law. Ever since  many states including Indiana have banned the use of Kratom, the others are following suit. Indiana’s Kratom laws are worded in vague terms creating much speculation and conflict both among the media and the Kratom users. Let us look at the background of these laws and clear misconceptions if any.

On March 15, 2012, the ruling Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels approved legislation banning the manufacture, sale, financing or possession with the intention of making a sale certain substances including marijuana, hashish, salvia, hash oil and synthetic cannabinoids. Depending upon the quantity in possession, the offense is classified as misdemeanor or felony. If a user is found to possess more than 2 grams of any of the listed substances, it is said to constitute class D felony.

To the surprise of many, Kratom though not a part of the list above was considered illegal. The reason was Kratom was erroneously classified as a cannabinoids. For many a Kratom lover, this was a rude shock as Kratom was a naturally occurring product and was not subject to any chemical processing. This tendency to classify Kratom under inappropriate heads depicts a gross misrepresentation of facts.

This law which was banned in Indiana was further amended to make the most active compound in the Kratom leaf- Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine also illegal. The Kratom laws in US states which are contemplating upon the banning of Kratom are based on the same premise. At present Indiana is the only state that has completely banned Kratom. Other states that are considering ban are Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, and Vermont.

Kratom Laws in USA – Is Kratom illegal?

No it is not. Except for the states above which are considering a possible ban on all Kratom products, Kratom is legal in most parts of USA. This means that anyone can buy, sell or possess Kratom without the fear of getting arrested. It also means that you do not require a prescription to purchase Kratom. However this legality has a flip side to it. The FDA expressly prohibits the sale of Kratom products as a health product because of its alkaloid content. It can be sold as a research compound however. Also this restriction also implies that a supplies cannot market it as a health supplement.

This possible ban by FDA results in some retail outlets like head shops selling poor quality Kratom. These shops not only sell Kratom products at exorbitant prices, but also incorrectly label bath salts and legal high products as Kratom. All this makes the online Kratom shops a natural choice for buying Kratom.

The Kratom laws in USA still have a long way to go before fully legitimizing the trade of a perfectly natural product. Until then the Kratom lover has to rely on the online shop for his daily dose of hope and healing.

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