There’s a lot of controversy surrounding kratom. Highly regarded by people who use it for its soothing, calming, and relieving effects, the government takes a different stance on what they perceive as a dangerous drug-like substance. So naturally, with so much contention on the kratom topic, there are inevitably rules that try to control its use — and that includes age limits.
How old do you have to be to buy kratom, and does the age limit change from state to state? Here’s everything you need to know about the legal age for buying kratom.
To be perfectly clear, there is no clear-cut law or regulation that makes kratom either legal or illegal. With the studies exploring its effects and safety still insufficient to draw legislative conclusions, both the FDA and DEA have had to sit on their hands when confronted with discussions about kratom.
In the past, the FDA had almost convinced the DEA to schedule kratom as a controlled substance, however, Health and Human Services or HHS blocked the attempt as it revealed that kratom itself might not be the real issue when it comes to safety.
There are no rules or guidelines that regulate the cultivation, production, processing, and handling of kratom products. So it’s very possible for vendors to end up selling products that are contaminated with bacteria, heavy metals, microbes, pesticides, drugs, and various other substances that could be dangerous to users’ health.
So to help prevent that, the American Kratom Association has been pushing for the Kratom Consumer Protection Act or the KCPA.
This act spearheaded by the AKA aims to put regulations in place so that the production of kratom is carefully regulated to meet certain quality standards. These standards thus hope to keep kratom products clean and free from potentially harmful contaminants that could be dangerous to its users.
Some stipulations in the KCPA state that:
Another recommendation under the KCPA states that kratom buyers need to be a certain age if they want to be able to make a purchase. Under the Act, buyers need to be at least 18 years old to purchase kratom. But then again, each state has the liberty to alter this minimum age depending on their own considerations. So the legal age for kratom purchases changes from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
Wondering how old you have to be to purchase kratom in your area? Here are the age limits for buying kratom across the different states:
|STATE||LEGAL AGE TO BUY KRATOM|
|Alabama||Kratom is banned|
|Alaska||No age limit|
|Arizona||18 years old|
|Arkansas||Kratom is banned|
|California||No age limit except in San Diego City where it’s banned|
|Colorado||No age limit except in Parker Town and Monument Town where it’s banned|
|Connecticut||No age limit|
|Delaware||No age limit|
|Florida||No age limit except in Sarasota County|
|Georgia||18 years old|
|Hawaii||No age limit|
|Idaho||No age limit|
|Illinois||18 years old except in Jerseyville City where it’s banned|
|Indiana||Kratom is banned|
|Iowa||No age limit|
|Kansas||18 years old|
|Kentucky||No age limit|
|Louisiana||No age limit|
|Maine||No age limit|
|Maryland||No age limit|
|Massachusetts||No age limit|
|Michigan||No age limit|
|Minnesota||No age limit|
|Mississippi||No age limit except in certain towns and cities where it’s banned|
|Missouri||18 years old|
|Montana||No age limit|
|Nebraska||No age limit|
|Nevada||18 years old|
|New Hampshire||18 years old except in Franklin City where it’s banned|
|New Jersey||No age limit|
|New Mexico||No age limit|
|New York||No age limit|
|North Carolina||18 years old|
|North Dakota||No age limit|
|Ohio||No age limit|
|Oklahoma||18 years old|
|Oregon||21 years old|
|Pennsylvania||No age limit|
|Rhode Island||Kratom is banned, but may be made legal to buyers 18 years old or over|
|South Carolina||No age limit|
|South Dakota||21 years old|
|Tennessee||21 years old|
|Texas||No age limit|
|Utah||21 years old|
|Vermont||Kratom is banned, but may be made legal to buyers 18 years old or over|
|Virginia||No age limit|
|Washington||No age limit|
|West Virginia||No age limit|
|Wisconsin||Kratom is banned|
|Wyoming||No age limit|
Keep in mind that should these states adapt the KCPA, the minimum age for buying kratom will automatically be 18 years of age, unless stipulated otherwise.
Today, Utah remains the first and only state to pass a KCPA, making their kratom market much safer for all of those involved. With time, you can expect more and more states to adopt the change, working to bring you safer products that are free from contaminants.