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The State of Kratom Legality in 2022

Ever since Kratom’s popularity in the United States began to rise, vendors and community always knew it was only a matter of time before the government made an attempt to either ban the supplement or regulate the access users had. And in 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration tried to make Kratom illegal. The attempt was to designate it as a Schedule I substance alongside heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Thankfully, the Kratom community did push back on this to thwart the proposal. Since then, the Federal government has allowed each state and their comprising towns and counties to make up their own rules on Kratom. 

Let’s find out more about where kratom legality is in 2022.

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States & Kratom Legality in 2022

Most states have opted to keep the supplement legal within their borders. However there are some states where Kratom has met with considerable adversity. Some states have opted to ban Kratom outrightly while in other states, Kratom is legal in some areas and illegal in others. This creates a confusing environment for the members of the Kratom community that live there. And in In October, the Kratom community was rocked by the news that the World Health Organization was instituting a committee to review Kratom and its future as a supplement. For members of the Kratom community, a negative outcome could also mean new bans on the supplement. 

In December, the committee came back with a verdict – Kratom was not to be subject to critical review. For many members of the Kratom community, this was it. The hope was the verdict would begin Kratom’s legalization within the United States and other countries. 

After WHO Ruling on Kratom Legality

Sadly, that has not been the case. As it turns out, 2022 has begun with new attempts to ban Kratom in two states within the country. Within a Senate committee hearing recently, news comes that leaders at the National Institute of Health (NIH) had chosen to go on the attack against reputable scientists. These scientists disagreed with them on an issue pertaining to COVID-19. According to a statement made by the director of the NIH, they had to “take down” the scientists that publicly disagreed with them. Sadly, this is the same thing happening with Kratom.

At the moment, there is an online news organization is consistently churning out fresh attacks on all kratom advocates. Starting from the scientists who do research on kratom, our allies, and the AKA. These attacks are spearheaded by a journalist who alleges that his nephew died of a kratom overdose. Every death is tragic, but there are times when assumptions based on misinformation or outdated science need to be fact checked. If kratom did indeed cause someone’s death that is very serious. However to claim that this is the case without clearly knowing this is true is problematic.

Regardless of this, these are vicious attacks. They are full of distortions, deliberately misleading information, and a couple of times, some information that is just plain wrong and all designed to divide the kratom community and stop our successes. 

In Kentucky, House Bill 142 is looking to “Amend KRS 218A.010 to define “kratom”; amend KRS 218A.1412 to include kratom to the list of controlled substances that are unlawful to traffic; amend KRS 218A.1415 to include kratom in the list of controlled substances that are unlawful for a person to possess.”. Also in Washington State, SB 5743 – 2021-22 wants to “Designate kratom as a controlled substance.” These are other potential updates to kratom legality in 2022.

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Final Thoughts

All of these point to the same thing, that is that Kratom is under attack. It is necessary we come together as a community to fight the ongoing attacks. You could choose to share material containing the right information about Kratom or correcting misinformation when you see it. And most importantly, locating and supporting your local Kratom community so collectively your legislators in the states will feel our presence and hear our voices.

Want to learn more about what’s going on in the world of kratom? Find our other blogs here! We hope this blog has been helpful for those wondering about where kratom legality stands in 2022!

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  • Austin says:

    Kratom has literally helped me in every aspect of my life. It boosts your mood, sex drive, relieves pain and helps me sleep better. . I am so confused as to why this miracle botanical would be banned yet a substance like alcohol, that is very addictive and scientifically proven to be extremely dangerous is legal. The only reason they would ban it is because it impacts pharmaceutical companies financially. It really saddens me how society approaches these matters as a whole.

    • Heather says:

      Don’t forget our “nanny government” who started the drug war in the first place by Anslinger and the FBN. An excuse for power and to grow the gov. even bigger & more controlling. Don’t think a one of them know history at all, if they did they’d learn from the Prohibition- there were alcohol wars, a lot of deaths, and power handed to Blackmarkets until they legalized alcohol again. From all the decisions coming from the gov., nothing has been beneficial to Americans.

      • Matt says:

        Does anyone know if hb142 has been passed in kentucky as of 4/12/2022 please let me know, and also where can I go or what can I do to keep up with it so I’ll know as soon as a decision is made on the bill. Thanks

  • Buddy says:

    Kratom has helped me with my – and -. It has also helped my stay away from alcohol.

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hi Buddy, thank you so much for leaving this comment. Unfortunately, I’ve had to remove a few words that could potentially cause us to get into trouble for ‘medical claims’. Again, thank you for leaving a review & we wish you all the best!
      The GRH Team

  • JohnD says:

    Can you imagine the difficulty in legalizing coffee now if it were just catching on in the west? My grandparents biohacked with a cup of coffee. Now, however, if big pharma cannot patent it then they will kill it/lobby to make it schedule 1.What does it take for research universities to study kratom to prove what Southeast Asians have known for thousands of years? Different strains and doses seem to have huge potential for A**D, a****y, p**n and possibly other discomforts.
    Reported today by several new outlets there was a 30% increase in alchohol related deaths in 2020 (covid depression?) The potential for kratom to reduce alcohol consumption among at least moderate users could be huge.
    The misinformed idea that kratom is dangerous is at best misguided and at worst probably deliberately funded to protect alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries. [“Agnotology The Making & Unmaking of Ignorance” by Proctor & Schiebinger exposes the long history of this in the US.] We aren’t holding politicians accountable for the fact that the lethality of alcohol, tobacco & nicotine, salmonella (on mass processed chicken & eggs), tylenol (liver toxin), cellphone use when driving & walking is tolerated in spite of the thousands who are sickened or killed.
    So you think kratom should be a Schedule 1 drug? Both the DEA and over 90% of state legislatures recognize that doing so would do more harm than good. Laws may change from one administration to another but the positive effects of this plant wont change anymore than coffee.

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hi there! Thanks so much for commenting. Unfortunately I had to make minor edits in order to ensure we remain FDA compliant. We can’t make medical claims on our site. Again, thanks for responding.
      The GRH Team

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