Kratom and its Legality in Some States
Kratom has been around for thousands of years, and many civilizations have identified and used it as a magic bullet. That being the case, it may come as a surprise to some to find out that there are still states in the country that have not made the use of Kratom legal. It is more than essential to ensure that before you use Kratom, or even purchase it, you check whether it is legal in the state that you reside in, or where you plan on using the Kratom.
There are a couple of key cities and states in the country, and this article will try and act as your compass, a guiding light in what you need to know about the legality of Kratom in the said states.
Delaware isn't the largest state, both in terms of landmass and population. However, it does attract many tourists, with over 9 million people visiting the state every year. There are several reasons for this, one of them, though small, is that the state has a favorable relationship with Kratom.
The cultivation, distribution, sale, use, and possession of Kratom is legal in Delaware. In fact, there are a couple of major Kratom distributors in Key cities, such as Dover, Wilmington, Lewes, and Newark. From the referral and testimonials of people who have used Kratom, it is clear why most people prefer to visit the state.
Not only is Kratom legal in the state, but there have also been placed a couple of regulatory bodies to make sure that the Kratom that is distributed is safe for human consumption. This is not the case in most of the other states that have legalized Kratom, let alone those that have not.
Moreover, in Delaware, the online market for Kratom is budding. Though this means that you can get your Kratom in the comfort of your home by simply logging onto a website, it has resulted in there being a reduced number of in-person stores.
Another downside when it comes to Kratom in Delaware is the fact that even though the state has put in place rules, regulations, and laws to make sure that the Kratom sold is legal, some of the laws are not being followed through. This is why the American Kratom Association, working in tandem with a plethora of partners and vendors, is aiming to ensure that the state, as well as the other 49 states, adopt the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
Adoption of this piece of legislation will ensure that a standard of regulation is put in place in each of the states, and in the entire country in general. The act will also address a couple of other issues, such as the age restrictions when it comes to Kratom, testing, labeling, as well as compliance with the law.
Kratom in Florida
When it comes to Kratom in Florida, it becomes confusing. Legality in the state is dependent on the county you live in, and all the counties have made it legal apart from Sarasota County. It is well known that Florida is a state that is determined to ensure that the liberties and freedoms of the people that reside in it are not hindered, and with Kratom, this is no exception.
Sarasota County, on the other hand, passed a bill in 2014 making it illegal to sell, buy, or possess Kratom, and contradiction to this law will result in a jail term not exceeding 60 days or a fine of 500 dollars. There have been attempts at lifting this law, but all of them have been futile.
There have been attempts by other counties in the state to ban Kratom. In 2019, the county of St. Johns was playing around with the idea of revoking its legality. Luckily though, the proposed bill did not have the required support to pass, and thus it inevitably fell through.
As the popularity of Kratom has continued to grow, especially over the last couple of years, there have been attempts to try and outrightly ban the herbal extract, not only at a federal level, but also at the state level, and Florida is no exception. However, since such laws require the person submitting them to have the burden of proof, they have fallen through almost every time.
It must be said that Florida has one of the most vibrant Kratom communities in the country, arguably in the world. The said community is responsible for ensuring that their freedom to possess and use Kratom is upheld, and that each time a bill is put in place to try and interfere with said rights and freedoms, their voices are heard loud and clear.
Kratom in Georgia
Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi when considering landmass, and it is home to some prize possessions. One of those prizes is the fact that it is not only legal to sell, buy, use, and distribute Kratom in the state, but also that the Kratom Consumer Protection Act is already in effect there. This means that all the Kratom and Kratom products in Georgia are regulated and that it is paramount that the product is well-labeled with all their ingredients, right disclaimers, and all the alkaloid continent in them.
The bill was put into motion in 2019, and it aimed to help restrict the distribution and sale of Kratom to authorized entities and persons only, thus making sure that it was safe to use it. The bill had outstanding support, and it was almost passed unanimously, bar for one vote.
Essentially, the bill aims at making sure that Kratom and all Kratom products are only sold to persons over the age of 18 years, ergo making it illegal to sell it to minors. The act has also put in place penalties, both in terms of jail terms and fines, to persons that are found to be selling Kratom to minors.
The act also highlights that all Kratom and Kratom products should come with the right labeling. The labeling should include the age limits of the products, the ingredients that have been used, and the alkaloid content of the strain of Kratom used.
The most important part of the act is that it clearly states that all unsafe Kratom products' production, distribution, and sale are punishable. Any person, organization, or entity that is found to be doing this faces up to a year in jail. They may also get a fine that does not exceed 1000 dollars or both.