Is Buying and Ussing Kratom Legal in the USA?

Mitragyna speciosa, better known as Kratom, is gaining popularity because of its medicinal properties, mood-lifting effects and because it is considered to be safe. You can readily buy Kratom online and have it shipped right to your door. Considering that marijuana is still illegal in most of the USA, it is rather unbelievable to many that “wonder” plant like Kratom could be legal.

Legal in Most States
In most of the USA, it is completely legal to grow, buy, and sell Kratom. As of 2015, there are 3 states in which Kratom is illegal: Indiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

In Indiana in 2012, the Governor signed House Bill 1196 into law. The law classified Kratom as a synthetic cannabinoid (which it isn’t, but they classified it that way anyway). Possession of Kratom in Indiana is illegal!

As for Tennessee, Kratom was made illegal by Senate State Bill 48 in 2014. Wisconsin made Kratom illegal with Senate State Bill 325 also in 2014.

Note that many states have introduced bills in attempt to regulate Kratom, and that some local districts have made Kratom illegal. Not knowing the law is not an excuse for not following it. Research your state and locality to make sure Kratom is legal where you live before you buy or try it.

Kratom and the FDA
You might have heard some stories about the FDA confiscating Kratom from distributors in the United States. This happened not because Kratom is illegal, but because the manufacturers violated FDA marketing rules.

The FDA has some confusing rules about how supplements are allowed to market themselves. In regards to Kratom, the FDA ruled that Kratom sellers are not allowed to make claims about the benefits of the plant. So, they can legally sell Kratom – so long as they don’t say things like it is calming, boosts mood, helps with diabetes, or any of the other many reasons that people traditionally take Kratom!

Remember, the rules about whether Kratom is legal in the United States could change at any time.