Kratom Legality and Kratom Consumer Protection Act

Is Kratom Legal?

The industrial revolution enabled faster and more efficient production. Our pharmaceutical industry, for example, is very good at isolating 1 active ingredient, then chemically synthesizing a similar molecule on a massive scale. This is analogous to our food supply in the US…which is optimized for mass-production and scalability…and not necessarily for our ‘best’ long term health.

It is understandable that the FDA turned away from biologics back in the 1970s in order to enable this scalability. The FDA has a tough job of regulating labels, claims, and manufacturing practices before trying to consider the complexities of biologic therapeutics. However, the more our collective knowledge increases, we begin to understand the importance of these biologic complexities and the symbiotic relationships present within our microbiomes called the human body. More than ever, it is important for new disruptive industries to come together to promote education and commit to acceptable standards.

As this shift from synthetics to biologics and natural products gains momentum, it is critical to meet with our legislators. In order to reduce risks and provide maximum societal benefits as kratom gains in awareness and popularity.

When disruptive industries or technologies work hand-in-hand with government representatives, they can enter the marketplace with assurances and stability and avoid hysteria, confusion, and backlash.

ETHA Natural Botanicals is proud to be a part of this group of Kratom Industry Business Leaders committed to self-regulation and adherence to manufacturing standards and best practices.

ETHA Co-Founder, Alexander Karp, with Senator Bramble at Utah House

Kratom Consumer Protection Act

The Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA) has already been passed in 5 states: Utah, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and Missouri. The American Kratom Association (AKA) is laying the groundwork for similar KCPA bills in the following states: Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Kratom Consumer Protection Act is also being targeted for federal passage.

This monumental effort will require kratom supporters and business owners to unite and provide any and all available resources. Please sign up to stay informed.

Thank you to the AKA, Senator Curt Bramble, and House Representative Vernon Jones for helping us to organize and for your support and insights as we embark on this exciting journey.

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Additional Updates - World Health Organization on Kratom

DECEMBER 2021: WHO recommends Against Kratom Review

-initial reports from the World Health Organization (“WHO”) Executive Committee on Drug Dependency indicate that “there is insufficient evidence to recommend a critical review of kratom.” 

Read more about this monumental WIN for the kratom community HERE.


Kratom Legality in United States

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Green: Kratom is legal and no restrictions
 Light Green: Legislation in these states have failed or has been amended
 Orange: There is pending legislation on Kratom in these states
 Red: banned states schedule 1 for Kratom
 Purple: Study involving Kratom
 Red Dot: banned city for Kratom
 Blue: These states have adopted the Kratom Consumer Protection Act bill

04-2022 The Colorado Senate has passed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act 

LEARN MORE HERE: American Kratom Association

Kratom Legality in Europe

  • Albania: Kratom is not a controlled substance
  •  Austria: Kratom is legal.
  • Belarus: Kratom’s main alkaloid mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are illegal.
  • Belgium: Kratom entirely legal. 
  • Bosnia: Kratom is not a controlled substance.
  • Bulgaria: Kratom forbidden since 2011.
  • Croatia: Kratom Banned.
  • Cyprus: Kratom included in list of psychotropic substances.
  • Czech Republic:Kratom legal.
  • Denmark: Kratom scheduled as controlled substance since 2009.
  • Estonia: Kratom is a controlled substance since 2015.
  • Finland: Kratom Banned since 2014.
  • France: Kratom defined as psychotropic substance since 2020.
  • Germany: Kratom fully legal.
  • Greece: Kratom legal. 
  • Hungary: Not a controlled substance.
  • Iceland: Kratom is controlled substance.
  • Ireland: Prohibited in 2017.
  • Italy: Outlawed in 2016. Talks to repeal this decision.
  • Kosovo: Not listed as controlled substance.
  • Latvia: Kratom banned.
  • Lithuania: Banned on list as narcotic, mitragynine is a controlled substance.
  • Luxembourg: Controlled substance since 2012.
  • Malta: Kratom is legal.
  • Moldova: Controlled substance since 2010.
  • Montenegro: Not a controlled substance.
  • Netherlands: Kratom is legal.
  • North Macedonia: Kratom is legal.
  • Norway: Kratom banned.
  • Poland: Banned since 2009.
  • Portugal: Sale is not allowed, and possession is non-criminalized.
  • Romania: Banned.
  • Russia: Illegal since 2011.
  • Serbia: Gray area.
  • Slovakia: Kratom legal.
  • Slovenia: Outlawed since 2019.
  • Spain: Kratom is legal.
  • Sweden: Sold online but technically illegal.
  • Switzerland: Banned since 2017.
  • Turkey: Controlled substance since 2014.
  • Ukraine: Kratom legal. 
  • United Kingdom: Banned since 2016.

Legality Worldwide

  • Canada: Kratom not safe for human consumption.
  • Mexico: Not a regulated substance.
  • Argentina: the ONLY South American country that clearly mentions mitragynine as an illegal substance currently.
  • China: no clear regulation, but best not to bring it into the country.
  • Israel: Kratom considered a dangerous drug.