Is Kratom Legal in My State?

Below you will find the breakdown of all 50 states along with the legal status of kratom there:

  • Alabama – kratom is banned,
  • Alaska – kratom is legal,
  • Arizona – kratom is legal, there was a bill that proposed a kratom ban in 2014, but it was left out of the bill; Arizona passed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act in late April 2019,
  • Arkansas – kratom is banned,
  • Californiakratom is currently legal except for the city of San Diego,
  • Colorado – kratom is legal. The City of Denver prohibits the sale of kratom for human consumption, though it is legal to sell it as long as it is not for human consumption. However, Parker Town and Monument Town prohibit kratom sales.
  • Connecticut – kratom is legal,
  • Delaware – kratom is legal,
  • Florida – kratom is banned in the Sarasota County, but it’s legal everywhere else in Florida,
  • Georgiakratom powder is legal. There was a bill to ban it; however, it did not pass; Georgia was the third state to pass the Kratom Consumer Protection Act,
  • Hawaii – kratom is legal,
  • Idaho – kratom is legal,
  • Illinois – kratom is legal for those over the age of 18 except for the Jerseyville City. There is pending legislation to qualify possession of kratom a misdemeanor, though there is no set hearing date,
  • Indiana – kratom is banned,
  • Iowa – kratom is legal. A bill to ban it did not pass,
  • Kansas – kratom is legal. A bill to criminalize it was removed,
  • Kentucky – a bill to make kratom a controlled substance did not pass. As a result, kratom remains legal,
  • Louisiana – kratom is legal. However, a bill to ban kratom if the DEA schedules it has passed,
  • Maine – a bill to ban kratom did not pass; so, it remains legal; currently, Maine is considering the Kratom Consumer Protection Act,
  • Maryland – kratom is legal,
  • Massachusetts – kratom is legal
  • Michigan – kratom is legal, there is pending legislation to make kratom a Schedule II drug,
  • Minnesota – kratom is legal,
  • Mississippi – kratom is illegal in a number of counties and cities in Mississippi and a few more counties and cities are currently debating whether to ban kratom or not, yet remains legal elsewhere in the state,
  • Missouri – kratom is legal, currently, Missouri is considering the Kratom Consumer Protection Act and a few counties are debating a potential kratom ban,
  • Montana – kratom is legal,
  • Nebraska – kratom is legal,
  • Nevada – kratom is legal and regulated according to the KCPA,
  • New Hampshire – a bill to criminalize kratom did not pass. Instead, legislators amended it to allow kratom for those over 18. Kratom is illegal in Franklin City, but remains legal in the rest of the state,
  • New Jersey – kratom is legal at the moment. Nonetheless, there was pending legislation to ban it, but the bill died in committee.
  • New Mexico – kratom is legal,
  • New York – although multiple intents to ban kratom have been made, it is still legal. Yet, there is pending legislation to ban it,
  • North Carolina – even though a bill to ban kratom was introduced, it remains legal for those older than 18,
  • North Dakota – kratom is legal,
  • Ohio – kratom is legal, the state is considering regulating kratom,
  • Oklahoma – kratom is legal, a bill to ban kratom did not pass,
  • Oregon – kratom is legal, yet the authorities have decided not to regulate kratom yet,
  • Pennsylvania – kratom is legal,
  • Rhode Island – kratom is banned; however, there is pending legislation that may reverse the kratom ban and make it legal and regulated from September 1, 2019,
  • South Carolina – kratom is legal,
  • South Dakota – kratom is legal,
  • Tennessee – kratom in plain leaf form is legal for those over 21,
  • Texas – kratom is legal,
  • Utah – kratom is legal. Although there was a bill to make kratom a controlled substance, it did not pass. On March 26th, 2019, Utah passed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act making it the first state which regulates kratom. Under this bill, vendors need to comply with regulations such as testing kratom before selling it thus making Utah the safest state for buyers.
  • Vermont – kratom is banned,
  • Virginia – kratom is legal,
  • Washington – kratom is legal,
  • West Virginia – kratom is legal,
  • Wisconsin – kratom is banned. However, there is a possibility that the state will remove the ban and pass the Kratom Consumer Protection Act instead,
  • Wyoming – kratom is legal.

In addition to the 50 states, kratom is also legal in the U.S. capital Washington D.C. The authorities first banned kratom in 2016, but amended the controlled substance act and removed it in 2019.

What is kratom and should it be regulated?
On the federal level, kratom is not regulated. The Food and Drug Administration warns against consuming kratom in any form until further research is done. In August 2016, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration tried to temporarily ban kratom by using its emergency scheduling powers to define the plant as a Schedule I drug. 13 JUN 2019

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