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Kratom’s Legality & What You Should Know Before You Consume

Today, kratom is fighting a constant battle on legality throughout the world, even in the United States. As a kratom consumer, it is important to know the laws of your country (and even your state if you live in the USA). Below are some helpful information on kratom and the state of legality where you are at:

It is entirely legal in these US states:

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

More To Know

  • In Illinois, there is an age restriction on the purchase of Kratom.
  • In Tennessee and Arkansas, there is substance control, which means that people can only buy a certain amount of Kratom and it is not available in large quantities.
  • The health authorities recognize that Kratom has many benefits, but there must be some regulation. This lack of control is what causes the concern to restrict or ban.
  • There are several cities within states that have their own laws and therefore have banned or restricted use of Kratom, even when it is allowed by the state government.
  • Florida has allowed Kratom possession, sale and purchase but even then, you will not be allowed to use Kratom in Sarasota County, which is in the state.
  • Similarly, San Diego in California has also banned the use of Kratom while the rest of the state has lenient laws.
  • Jerseyville County and Alton City in Illinois have banned Kratom use, possession and sale, whereas Kratom consumption is allowed in the rest of the state.
  • In Mississippi, there Columbus City and several counties where Kratom is illegal. These counties are Alcorn County, Itawamba County, Lowndes County, Monroe County, Tishomingo County, and Union County.


  • When opium became expensive, and people started using Kratom in the early 20th century, the Thai government passed the Kratom Act 2486 in 1943,, according to which using and even planting Kratom was illegal.
  • The government of Thailand labeled Kratom and marijuana as the last category of the five-category narcotics classification in 1979.
  • Due to the feedback and demand of users and the research that proves Kratom is not a narcotic, the Thai government legalized the plant for medical use in December 2018.
  • It is ironic that Kratom is still banned in countries of its origin. Being a South Asian native plant, Kratom is illegal in many Asian countries. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has banned the plant use and possession. These countries include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. Except Thailand, all Asian countries are strict about Kratom usage and have declared it illegal.

Other countries:

  • Australia ban Kratom in 2003 when the Australian Drug and Poison Schedule Committee decided to categorize the supplement as a schedule 9 substance.
  • Israel, Lithuania, Romania, and Myanmar also ban the use of Kratom completely.
  • The countries where Kratom has a questionable status are Denmark, Finland, and the United Kingdom..
  • It is illegal in Denmark and Finland.
  • A simple google search “kratom” and then your country will usually pull up the answer you need when it comes to kratom where you live.

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