May 10

Where is Kratom Illegal in 2013?

where is kratom illegal in 2013The 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 admin@welovekratom.com.


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  1. joe

    so is kratom legal to send to Indiana since its not a synthetic?

  2. Dar9co

    Well, leave it to the farm state to outlaw kratom. I ordered a sample pack from TheKratomKing.com in 2008 to deal with some pain I was having at the time. It worked great! I only ordered that 1 batch. Now, 5 years later, and 5 years older, Im dealing with more pain than usual. I started looking up kratom again recently and now, I am disappointed. We live in a country where they rather you risk everything and get REAL pain relief elsewhere – where it be legally or illegally. Or, and heres the kicker, by feeding into a 300 billion dollar a year industry, pharmaceuticals.

    Kratom isn’t spice. This ban needs lifted. If it needs to be controlled, then fine. If it needs to be taxed, then fine. Don’t ban it. It doesn’t have the negative side effects like hydrocodone, oxycodone, or even SPICE.

    -Disgruntled Former Customer


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  4. Christian Martin

    As off July 1st 2013, Tennessee has made Kratom illegal to possess, sell or consume.

  5. Sean

    Indiana House of Representatives HB1196, sponsored by Edward DeLaney, Steve Davisson, Terri Austin, Vernon G. Smith, and David Yarde during the 2012 regular session as a response to increasing synthetic drug use, made Indiana the first and only state to ban chemicals in kratom, although indirectly.[29] The text of the bill added kratom’s two active alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine—to the state’s list of controlled substances, though kratom itself is not synthetic and was not specifically addressed by the authors of the bill. Due to kratom not being on the banned plants list nor being a synthetic, kratom is still legal in Indiana.

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