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We wanted to address the question that so many are seeing about asking for Residents to reach out to their State Representatives.

This is a request made at the behest of the Lobbyists for each state. Representatives are not required to respond to anyone but their constituents. They will oftentimes respond and/or listen to any citizen of their state.

When those that are not citizens, or have no significant financial interest in the state start flooding their email inboxes and tie up the phone lines, it causes them to not be able to Hear their constituents. This serves not only to frustrate and many times, irritate them, it keeps those with a stake from being heard.

 

There are times, not often, that we will ask everyone, from anywhere, to reach out to a specific legislator. There is always purpose behind this.

So please, when we ask for residents only, understand the reasoning behind it. It has nothing to do with individuals but rather with what we know works best.

Thank you for your understanding of this.

Listed below is a comprehensive list of legality across the U.S. States, including links to each state's Facebook Page

Though Kratom is legal in the U.S., some states have and/or are taking regulatory or legislative action to ban this wonderful plant. The current state of play for every state is listed below.

Green=Legal | Red=Banned | Grey=Legal, but legislation to ban Kratom was introduced, has been introduced or is likely to be introduced. 

 Alabama Banned.   As of May 10, 2016 SB226 makes kratom a schedule 1 controlled substance.  Advocacy and education efforts are underway with the regulators and legislators of jurisdiction.

Alaska Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Arizona Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Arkansas Banned.  As of February 1, 2016 it is banned.  It was added to the controlled substance list using AR code § 5-4-201 (a)(1)(A)(i).  Advocacy and education efforts are underway with the regulators and legislators of jurisdiction.

 

California Legal. except in the city of San Diego and the city of Oceanside. SD passed ordinance 20657 on June 15, 2016.  We are looking into surrounding cities for possible bans that were passed on a local level.

 

Colorado Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Connecticut Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Delaware —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Florida Legal except for Sarasota County.  In 2017 HB183 and SB424 would have mad kratom illegal.  Thanks to the very hard work of many people, including AKA members and the legislators in FL, the bills died in committee.  In 2016, (HB 73 and SB 11) did not pass and died in committee.  

 

Georgia — Legal.  (HB 783) would have banned Kratom. Thanks to the very hard work of many people, AKA members and AKA Team Georgia, Kratom was removed from the bill.

 

Hawaii Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Idaho Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Illinois —Legal for adults except for Jerseyville, banned in April 2017.  On 10/3/17 HB4106 was introduced to amend the 18 and over law to make kratom possession a Class B misdemeanor. (HB 5526) during the 2014 legislative session make the sale of Kratom to minors under 18 of age banned.  The bill is currently in Rules Committee with no hearing date.  Working with our lobbying team to monitor.

 

Indiana —Banned. Indiana SB0305 incorrectly identifies Kratom as a synthetic drug and thus scheduled Kratom as part of synthetic controlled substances legislation. Advocacy and education efforts are underway with the regulators and legislators of jurisdiction.

Iowa Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. Legislation that would have criminalized kratom (HB 640 / HF 2355) was introduced and referred to the Iowa House Public Safety Committee, however, the bill was not passed during the 2014 legislative session.

Kansas —Legal. Senate Bill SB282 would have mad kratom illegal in all forms. Kratom was removed from SB282 and signed by governor.

Kentucky Legal. (SB136) would have made kratom a controlled substance.  Thanks to the very hard work of many people, including AKA members, the bill did not pass.

 

Louisiana Legal. HR177 passed on 5/18 to request the LA Dept. of Health to study the scheduling of kratom.

 

Maine Legal.  Senate LD1546 would have made kratom illegal.  Thanks to the efforts of many the bill did not pass.

 

Maryland Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

Massachusetts —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Michigan —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. Legislation that would have scheduled kratom (HB 5707) was not passed during the 2014 legislative session.

 

Minnesota —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Missouri Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

 

Mississippi —Legal except for Union County. SB2475 & HB974 Pending legislation to make kratom illegal statewide.  Kratom was removed from SB2892 and signed by governor 

 

Montana Legal. No known active or pending legislative action

 

Nebraska Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

 

Nevada Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

 

New Hampshire — Legal. 18+ per (SB540).  Thanks to advocacy and education efforts of AKA members, the late State Rep. Shem Kellogg and Kratom users across the state of New Hampshire an agreement was reached putting an age restriction of 18+.

 

New Jersey Legal. Assemblyman Ron Dancer previously introduced legislation A4431 and A3461 that would criminalize the manufacture, sale and possession of substances containing Kratom; those bills did not pass.  A2865 has been introduced to once again try to ban kratom statewide. A6924 monitoring A2865 (carryover from A3281) which criminalizes kratom.  Pending in the Law & Public Safety Committee

New Mexico —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

 

New York Legal. Various bills have been introduced over the past few years.  Currently A6924 is for prohibiting use by minors.  However, bill A6345 bans the sale and distribution of kratom. For New York, it's a year-round session but we'll keep you up to speed should any developments occur.  If you live in NY, please message or call your state Assembly and Senate members. Find yours HERE  State your opposition to ANY bill that prohibits the sale or possession of kratom.  We continue to monitor multiple bills. 

 

North Carolina —Legal. (SB830) had been introduced into legislation that would have scheduled kratom.  Instead restrict its use to people over the age of 18 plus a study.  Thanks to the very hard work of many people, including AKA members, the bill did not pass.

 

North Dakota —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

 

Ohio —Legal. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy decided to move forward with the process of scheduling kratom as a Schedule I substance.  We are actively fighting this.

 

Oklahoma —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. Legislation that would have scheduled kratom (HB 2666) was not passed during the 2014 legislative session.

 

Oregon Legal except for Ontario (page 38). SB 518 has been introduced.  The state board of Pharmacy will conduct a study.

 

Pennsylvania —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

 

Rhode Island --Banned Director of Health, using their #ControlledSubstanceAct banned two alkaloids.  Signed into law on May 31, 2017.  See the ban details HERE  Please see Rep. Kennedy LETTER to Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott at the Rhode Island Department of Health 

 

South Carolina Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

 

South Dakota —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

 

Tennessee Legal, ban was reversed making it legal for plain leaf for 21 and over as of July 2018. HB1832 and SB2258.  SB2258/HB1832 passed with an under 21 ban on kratom making it legal.

Texas —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

 

Utah Legal. HB110 would have made kratom a controlled substance.  Kratom was removed bill.

 

Vermont Banned. Vermont classifies one of the primary alkaloids in Kratom, 7-OH (hydroxymitragynine), as a regulated drug (Title 18 V.S.A. § 4205), effectively banning Kratom in the state of Vermont. Advocacy and education efforts are underway with the regulators and legislators of jurisdiction.

 

Virginia Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

 

Washington —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action. 

Washington D.C. - Banned.  The City of Washington D.C. quietly banned kratom by resolution on December 12, 2016.  Advocacy and education efforts are underway with the regulators and legislators of jurisdiction.

 

West Virginia Legal.  HB2526 would make kratom a controlled substance.  Kratom was removed from HB 273 and signed by governor

 

Wisconsin Banned. Wisconsin classified the primary alkaloids in Kratom, mitragynine and 7-OH (hydroxymitragynine), as Schedule I (Wis. Stat. § 961.14), effectively banning Kratom in the state of Wisconsin. Advocacy and education efforts are underway with the regulators and legislators of jurisdiction.

 

Wyoming —Legal. No known active or pending legislative action.

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