**Please see our 2021 updated kratom legality map**
Kratom is federally legal as we enter 2020, although the facts regarding the leaf are still misunderstood by most thanks to the propaganda spread by the FDA over the past couple of years. Thankfully there is an army of advocates on our side who have been working tirelessly to dispel the myths, address the outright lies, and to lobby against the baseless anti-kratom legislation that we’ve so unfortunately witnessed so far.
Thanks to the American Kratom Association (AKA), the Botanical Education Alliance, and kratom supporters like you, states are becoming aware of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. The purpose of this proposed framework is to create and enforce a set of standards for kratom vendors to follow with the goal of making kratom safer.
This is clearly a more appropriate measure than criminalizing the distribution and possession of a botanical that has a history of hundreds of years of safe usage throughout its native regions. As of the time of this writing, versions of the Act have been adopted by Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Georgia. There are still lobbying efforts needed in the following states:
Twelve of these 21 states already have lobbyists in place, each helping to aggressively educate lawmakers on kratom itself as well as the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. However, funding is still needed for lobbying efforts in Louisiana, Virginia, New York, South Carolina, Oklahoma, West Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. We recommend making donation(s) to the AKA if you are in a position that allows you to do so. You could actually help shape the futures of a lot of people out there.
Texas, Rhode Island, and Arkansas representatives are all currently in communications with the AKA and some leading experts in regards to adopting the KCPA. Neither Texas nor Arkansas have legislative sessions on the docket this year so don’t expect much to change there for now.
So where do we stand today i terms of kratom legality? It is completely legal everywhere listed in the map to the right, though some areas restrict sales to anyone considered a minor. The exceptions within this group are Sarasota County, FL and San Diego County, CA, both of which consider kratom possession to be criminal. Unfortunately, residents of those jurisdictions no longer have the freedom to make their own decisions regarding this plant.
Four states have completely disregarded scientific fact and currently treat as a criminal anyone who possesses or distributes kratom. Those states are Arkansas, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Alabama. These states are all on the docket for 2020. Hopes are they will listen to sound reasoning and logic and reverse their stance on kratom, favoring legislation that encourages education and safety rather than denial and excision of freedom.
Here are the main tenets of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA):
Widespread adoption of the KCPA would help reduce the amount of adulterated kratom products in circulation. These products are largely responsible for kratom’s bad reputation and have accounted for the legitimate reports of major negative medical events involving kratom. It would also hold more vendors accountable for following protocols and best practices as well as ensuring sales of only sanitary products. All retailers would be forced to comply with basic regulations so customers would always have peace of mind.
In short: as of right now (January 7th, 2020), kratom possession is legal for adults across the United States with the exceptions of residents of: Arkansas, Alabama, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Sarasota County, FL, and San Diego County, CA. Those interested in joining in the fight for kratom legality and our freedom to choose can learn more through the American Kratom Association.