It’s almost summer vacation time, that means now is the time to check in on 2019 Kratom laws around the world. Knowing the laws helps ensure that you’ll have legal access to the countries you may travel to, or helps keep you from running afoul of the law unintentionally. Failure to know the regulations during your travels can lead to ruined vacations, fines, and potentially jail time, so know before you go.
What Is Kratom?
An evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, Kratom is known by several different names. While Kratom is easily the most popular, it has traditionally been known as Ketum throughout many of its native areas. In addition, it may be referred to by its scientific name, Mitragyna speciosa. When checking regulations, it may be necessary to look for each of these names to ensure you’re getting complete and accurate information.
Things To Consider
When researching laws and regulations, don’t forget to consider all the relevant jurisdictions. Kratom’s legality could be affected by federal, state, provincial, county, territory, and city ordinances. In addition, transportation providers and their governing authorities could have rules or regulations pertaining to Kratom use or transportation. Even if you’re passing through a jurisdiction and not stopping, should Kratom be discovered, you could face arrest and prosecution if it’s illegal there.
Below are some of the most popular travel destinations and how they regulate Kratom. Please be advised that this is not an exhaustive list, nor is it meant to constitute legal advice. Do your own research and contact a legal professional if you have any questions or need legal aid.
Even if you live in the United States, it’s understandable that you might require a map and a cheat sheet to 2019 Kratom laws in order to plan a domestic vacation in Kratom safe areas. The FDA has taken an aggressive stance toward Kratom, but fallen just short of scheduling to date. Some states, however, have taken up the charge and scheduled Kratom within their own borders, while others have sought to protect access with a Kratom Consumers Protection Act drafted by the American Kratom Association. Currently, 6 states ban or regulate Kratom as a controlled substance (effectively banning it). These states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Several other states, including Ohio, have active processes seeking to do the same, and Washington D.C. has banned its sale or possession.
Of special note is the TSA – a security agency of the US government that, among other things, is responsible for screening baggage and passengers at airports. While there is currently no guidance relating to Kratom by the TSA, rules that affect powders may affect the speed with which you are cleared for travel.
The land down under has scheduled Kratom, placing it in the same class as dangerous narcotics like heroin. In addition, they are applying pressure on their neighbors to do the same. This makes it illegal to buy, sell, or possess Kratom in Australia.
While Israel has not banned Kratom, it has made the active compounds, Mitragynine and Hydroxymitragynine, illegal. As with most countries in the region, penalties can be incredibly stiff, so leave your powder at home.
Thailand, Burma, and Malaysia
Unfortunately, 2019 Kratom laws in the home countries of several popular strains forbid the use or possession of Kratom. It is listed as a controlled substance, and bringing it with you could see you facing charges of drug smuggling. While illegal, however, in Thailand possession is considered to be of the lowest level of offense, and in Malaysia, simple possession for personal use is not considered a major infraction. That being said, it is illegal and you have been warned.
Kratom is illegal in South Korea and heavily policed. Penalties are harsh and can result in imprisonment for even small amounts.
Much of Europe regulates Kratom heavily, considering it a controlled substance. In several nations, such as Denmark, active campaigns are fighting to lift the heavy hand of the government. Currently, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and the UK either outright ban Kratom, list it at a schedule that effectively bans Kratom, or list it as a substance that effectively leaves it banned. In Denmark and Finland, Kratom is controlled, but, with a valid prescription, it can be bought and used legally.
Legality in Canada is a gray area, mimicking its status in the US. While neither banned nor listed as a controlled substance at the national level, some cities and provinces may have their own laws regarding possession or use. The sale of Kratom for consumption, as in the US, is illegal, however, the availability of Kratom for research purposes is fairly open unless otherwise prohibited at another level.
Check, Re-check, and Check Again
As 2019 Kratom laws are in a state of seemingly constant change, you’ll want to do more than glance at statutes a few months before your vacation. Instead, You’ll want to check while planning, packing, and right before you leave to ensure you have the best and most up-to-date information possible. Ignorance is not a defense, and a little preparation beforehand can ensure your vacation isn’t derailed by prison time.
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