The legality of kratom can be difficult to determine. In the United States, access to county, state, and federal laws are often available online and it’s a simple matter of reading through the material (dense as it may be) to determine the actual legality of Mitragyna speciosa. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy when trying to determine if kratom is illegal in other countries around the world. Hersey tends to rule the day, with anonymous citizens claiming their country has made kratom illegal (or vice versa) often cited as fact, but with no actual evidence to back up the claim.
It’s safe to assume, however, that kratom is more likely legal than not in most parts of the world. There are only a few countries which have overtly banned Mitragyna speciosa, and not always in the explicit way we’re using to seeing bans take, as some prefer regulation over outright prohibition.
Kratom is illegal in 2013 in the following countries: Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Burma (a.k.a.Myanmar). In other countries, kratom isn’t outright banned, but it’s controlled. This is often done by requiring those who sell kratom to be licensed, and/or by regulating the purchase of kratom by requiring prescriptions, which can been seen as somewhat similar to medical marijuana in the United States. These countries include Finland, Denmark, Romania, Germany, and New Zealand.
In the United States, the only state where kratom is illegal in 2013 is Indiana. That’s not to say other state legislators haven’t tried to get kratom scheduled as an illicit substance. States to keep your eye on, especially if you’re a resident, are: Iowa, Hawaii, Vermont, Virginia, and Arizona. Louisiana hasn’t outright banned kratom, but they don’t allow it to be marketed as “for human consumption” and thus we suggest, if you live in Louisiana, you exercise extra caution in your purchases.
Other countries are less forthright, at least online, about their stance on kratom. A few rumors are around that kratom may be illegal in Russia, but so far there is no hard evidence that Russia made kratom illegal in 2013. South Korea is another country which we’ve heard has a kratom ban, but we haven’t been able to locate any hard evidence of that. Both countries should be watched closely for any kratom news. The United Kingdom is another country that should be carefully observed in regards to new kratom laws, but so far kratom remains legal there.
If you have information regarding the illegality of kratom in any of the countries listed, or elsewhere in the world, please let We Love Kratom know. You can leave a comment below, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.