Here’s a question someone recently asked me. What states have banned kratom? Because, if you’re like countless others asking that question, kratom has likely impacted your life in a big way. Like it has mine. Whether you’ve turned to kratom for relief from withdrawal symptoms or you’re struggling with chronic pain or depression or anxiety, it’s a revolutionary drug. However, it’s also a drug that the DEA and FDA are up in arms about.
Now, before I talk about the states that have banned kratom, I wanted to share a quick story. Some time ago, a close friend (and business partner) of mine died from his battle. He struggled with it for well over a decade. And in the end, it took his life. The funny thing is that you never know when someone’s life is going to get cut short. You never really do. At the time, I remember thinking he was crazy when he predicted his own death. Right there on a street corner, he had envisioned it.
I’m not sure if that means he beckoned it or he had just given up. But I remember laughing at the mere thought of what he was saying. It was just ridiculous. Impossible. It would never happen. But when it did, my heart sank. I didn’t know about kratom back then. Neither did he. I’m not sure how common it was, but even had he known about it, I doubt he’d have taken it. He was just the type of person to go against the grain.
But when I think about the 4 to 5 million Americans who are currently using kratom, my heart goes out to them. They rely on this drug to help them in a way that other drugs simply can’t. And to me, it’s funny that states would ban kratom, a drug that is literally helping millions of people around the world. It’s even funnier when you think about the other drugs that have not been banned such as nicotine and alcohol and other medication that’s clearly being abused.
Sure, there are powerful lobbying arms to big drug and tobacco and alcohol companies. They have major influence. Not in the world of kratom. There are a few players in the market, but none as powerful as companies like Philip Morris or Anheuser-Busch and others. The funny thing is that alcohol and cigarettes kill millions of people every single year, yet the FDA and DEA are not up in arms about those “acceptable” drugs.
Why Is Kratom Banned In Some States?
It makes you wonder why kratom is banned in some states and not others. Not only is it banned in some states, but even in states where it’s legal, some cities have gone ahead and banned it. If you’ll also recall, the DEA attempted to place kratom on the Schedule 1 Controlled Substances Act. That would have put it in the same category as drugs like amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, methanphetamine, oxycodone and others.
Thankfully, 142,000 people signed a petition asking the DEA to reconsider this. And they did. In fact, that intention to even list it has been withdrawn in an effort to solicit more information and feedback from the public. However, the DEA has now turned to the FDA to provide some proof of concept. And as states ban kratom, and the FDA does it so-called due diligence, much fo the community is up in arms.
It’s difficult to sit and think whether kratom is going to be banned in your state when you rely so heavily on kratom to function. Whether you’re struggling with cancer or some other form of chronic pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, or opioid withdrawal, kratom is quite possibly a lifesaver. Not only does it help to extricate you from the pain, but it provides a small sliver of hope. It’s an organic and naturally-growing evergreen tree that has literally changed the lives of those who’ve bene introduced to it.
So why is kratom banned in some states and not in others? To answer that question, you really have to turn to your local government. If kratom was recently banned in the state that you live in, and you rely on kratom to properly function, then my heart goes out to you. It truly does. However, in the eye of the government, there’s simply not enough scientific data to back up any of the claims that kratom has medicinal uses that outstrip its potential for abuse as a recreational drug.
What Countries Have Banned Kratom?
Before looking at the states that have banned kratom, let’s look at the countries. You see, kratom grows in Southeast Asia in only a select number of countries. Some of those countries have actually banned the use of kratom even though it grows there. If you live in a country that’s banned kratom, this information is crucial. For example, kratom grows in Thailand, but it’s also banned in that country for use or sale.
Although in Thailand, many local communities still chew on the leaves, it’s been added to the Thai Narcotics Act of 1979 that also included cannabis and mushrooms. The truth is that Thai youth abuse this drug, mixing it in a cocktail where the leaves are boiled with cough syrup and Coca-Cola, then mixed with ice as a drink. They call this ‘4×100’ and it’s also being used by Muslims in Bangkok to get the alcohol feeling.
Still, there has never been a single reported death from kratom itself. There have been when kratom was mixed with elicit drugs. But not from kratom on its own. And no one has ever overdosed from it. In fact, it has a built-in safety mechanism that makes it nearly impossible to overdose from it. Instead, you’ll vomit for hours, feel intense nausea, dizziness, migraines, sweating and more, but you won’t die or overdose.
Here are the current countries that have banned kratom outright:
- Thailand (where it grows)
- Vietnam (where it grows)
What States Have Banned Kratom?
If you live in a country where kratom is legal, then you’re in luck. However, the question is whether it’s legal in your state. Not in the country. On the state-level, if you’re in a place where kratom is legal, then you have very few options, especially if you rely on kratom to function as a normal human being.
Currently, kratom has been banned in the following states:
- District of Columbia
- Rhode Island
There is currently pending legislation to ban kratom in the following states:
- New Jersey
- New York
- West Virgina
The following are states that tried to ban kratom but the legislation failed:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
What Cities Have Banned Kratom?
Not only have some states gone about and banned kratom, but some cities within states where kratom is still legal have gone ahead and done so as well. If you live in one of the following cities, be careful. Because, there could be serious fines or even imprisonment if you’re caught purchasing or having kratom on your person.
- Denver, Colorado
- Jerseryville, Illinois
- San Diego, California
- Sarasota, Florida