People who are new to the kratom scene and want to buy kratom in the US often wonder about its legal status. Furthermore, those who are not active in the kratom community since 2016 often ask about the kratom ban updates. At ‘Green Leaf Kratom’, we believe that it is important to talk more about these topics, in order to increase general awareness about kratom.
Well, if you have spent some time exploring kratom, you may have heard about the supposed ‘ban on kratom’ from 2016 which was never successful. This article aims to give you a clearer picture of the whole scenario and to discuss the future of Kratom.
By the end of this article, you may have many misconceptions cleared and will know exactly what to expect in the future. So, let’s dive right into it.
Kratom Ban – Historical Perspective
On the 31st of August 2016, the DEA announced that it is planning to place 7-HMG and Mitragynine under schedule 1. These are the two main components that are present in the Kratom leaf. Although, there are 25 additional alkaloids also present. However, Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine give kratom most of its unique properties.
A ban on these two components of Kratom simply meant that Kratom would become illegal. Before 2016, Kratom was a regulated herb, and hence, Kratom strains where legal throughout the country.
Several big medical corporations were also supporting the DEA in this decision because their own interests were at stake otherwise. Of course, they did not want people to buy kratom bulk, or literally just any amount of kratom at all.
However, fortunately for us kratom enthusiasts, the DEA’s plan to place a ban on kratom failed. There was a strong public backlash from kratom advocate groups and several key people with administrative positions. As a result of this, in October 2016, the DEA had to withdraw its intent for an unspecified period of time.
To put it simply, no full Kratom Ban was ever put into effect. The DEA realized that it is simply not practical to do so. However, after that, some key states made Kratom unlawful for sale and purchase.
The states where Kratom is currently not legal are:
- Rhode Island
If you belong to any of the above mentioned states in the US, you cannot sell, purchase, or possess Kratom. In other states, some limitations still may apply from city to city.
Though, fortunately enough, Kratom is legal on the federal level. So at large, there is not much to worry about. All that we need to do is to spread more awareness so that the general public does not fall for the lies that big businesses spread about Kratom.
The Future of Kratom
Well, the ban on Kratom totally failed. However, DEA and the big corporations who are against Kratom did not give up yet. Now, bodies that are against Kratom resort to alternate methods. They often spread around lies about Kratom on forums such as Reddit Kratom pages in order to curb the growing popularity of this herb.
Many kratom supporters are actively struggling to spread real facts and figures surrounding this herb. For instance, we at ‘Green Leaf Kratom’ maintain a kratom blog with highly informative and 100% accurate articles/guides. Our prime aim is to provide high-end kratom for sale along with spreading awareness about this botanical herb.
Since efforts such as these are going quite strong, the future of Kratom seems to be bright. At the same time, NGOs such as the American Kratom Association are also working tirelessly to further normalize kratom among the masses.
At the same time, Kratom enthusiasts on internet forums are always ready to guide new buyers with different types of kratom options. Every kratom supporter seems to be doing their part, no matter how big or small.
Hence, the Kratom community is quite united. As a result of this, we believe that a complete kratom ban will never be possible. After all, thousands of new kratom stores are now operating in the US already. These stores have opened up countless job opportunities for people.
A complete ban on Kratom capsules and other related products will not only increase the unemployment rate but may also affect the economy. After all, the kratom trade generates more than A Billion Dollars in revenue in the US.
Hence, a national kratom ban is not easy to take place. In fact, we believe that Kratom will become more popular as years pass by (especially if we consider the trends from the last few years).