The Year 2021: Is Kratom legal in the United States?

The first quarter of 2021 has passed. On the one hand, the world deals with a global pandemic, whereas different studies are also ongoing to achieve prophylactic effects from natural means. Kratom, which is a traditional herb of Southeast Asian origin, is not a new thing. It gains fame in early 2000 for the first time when DEA placed this herb on the grey list. This substance is abstracted from its leaves that is consumed by chewing or brewing them into tea. It is helpful in various aspects such as different types of discomforts, giving a refreshing feel, making a person active and boosting stamina. With the overgrowing concern of health professionals about its unpredictable effects, they placed this plant into Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act. In the U.S, the residents use it as a pain management substance to tackle fatigue and minimize opiate reliance. It is a psychoactive substance that is in use for centuries worldwide as a matcha green tea. But the risk of having it overdose and serious sight effects like nausea, hot flashes, tremors, delusion are not to be ignored. Although no death is reported until now, Kratom has made out in the drug watch list of this year. Thanks to their supporters who are diligently raising their voices to make it legal. For example, there are many movements, such as the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) and American Kratom Movement (AKA), striving hard to make it legal. In particular states, they are setting rules and regulation to control their supply, and there is also a set of requirements for the vendors too. While this year's most of the focus is on covid'19, there was a lobby to support Kratom's commercial use. In the U.S, it is not federally supported very much. There is not enough governmental support to check the quality of the Kratom source and buy-sell. They opt to ban it instead of taking measures to have control over it. Due to its harmful effects and addictive properties, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has decided to put it in the drugs on the concern. Technically, it is legal at the federal level. It is not prohibited to buy from an authorized vendor if you are above 18. Unfortunately, some states choose to ban this substance, making it illegal to sell or use it. In this article, below is an overview of the legality of Kratom in the United States of America. It consists of 50 states having a federal district and five prominent self-governing territories. In some states of the U.S, Kratom is wholly banned, and others have not. Kratom supporters' efforts are remarkable, they signed countless petitions and donated millions of dollars to spread the beneficial effects of Kratom. They played an essential role in keeping it legal.

States Which Declared Kratom Legal

There are 20 states where Kratom usage is entirely safe. No legislation is pointing out its ban on the federal level up till now. But it does not guarantee to keep Kratom immune to any restriction in future. In 2016 DEA announced its intention to put this herb under Schedule 1 substance. Later they put this into the hands of the FDA to deal with. Following are the names of states where there is no ban on it.
  • Connecticut,
  • Massachusetts,
  • Maryland
  • Delaware
  • Alaska
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Washington
  • Nevada
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Hawaii. (This year in Feb, bills to make Kratom illegal were rejected permanently)
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire (18+)
  • And South Carolina

States With Pending Legislation

There are certain states where this issue is under consideration that either ban or allow it. The KCPA will decide for this state. Some names are as follow.
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kansas (Kansas Committee on federal and state Affairs level asked for the protection against this consumption on February 24th.
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma (In this state, House representatives decided to pass their resolution for Kratom protection (HB 2846) to the senate)
  • Oregon (this state passed the restricted version of the bill under KCPA according to which Kratom ban will be lifted by the end of this year)
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

States Where Kratom Is Not Entirely Banned Except Some Cities & Counties

  • California (It is legal in the entire state except for San Diego and the city of Oceanside)
  • Colorado (it has a Kratom ban in the town of Monument and Parker city)
  • Illinois (this state has Kratom legal except in Alton and Jerseyville)
  • Mississippi (Union county and Columbus has Kratom Ban in it)
  • New Hampshire (In this state, you can buy and smoke anywhere if you are 18 plus except in Franklin city)
  • Florida (Sarasota city)

States With a Kratom Ban

There are some states where Kratom is completely banned. Suppose anyone is found possessing Kratom or using it, they will experience legal consequences for it. Name of the states is as follow.
  • Wisconsin
  • Indiana
  • Arkansas
  • Alabama
  • Vermont
  • Rhode Island
It is the latest list of the legal status of Kratom in 50 states of the U.S in 2021. Although it is not the permanent one, their rules keep on changing from time to time. It is essential to keep yourself updated about the latest bills and legislation proposed in your state. It would help if you educated yourself by connecting with the local lawmaker to provide you with the latest science on Kratom. Lastly, always buy Kratom from the authorized dealer only, whether it is online or in-store. That's all, friends. Good luck with using it.