Kratom is increasing in popularity across the country. Its legal status changes from state to state, though. Let’s address the question on the mind of Ohioans – is kratom legal in Ohio?
The Current Legal Status of Kratom in Ohio
Kratom is technically currently legal in Ohio. It is not as regulated as states that have passed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, though.
This act regulates the supply of kratom to ensure safe consumption for users. Right now, kratom is legal in Ohio, but it is illegal to sell it in any other form besides powder. It is also illegal to market it as safe for human consumption since it is not classified as safe for human consumption by the FDA.
Ohio takes this seriously. Around Thanksgiving of 2019, authorities raided 10 stores for selling kratom edibles and marketing kratom as safe for human consumption. Finally, it is illegal in Ohio and all other states to market kratom as a cure for addiction or any other medical condition.
The History of Kratom Legality in Ohio
In March of 2019, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy voted to classify kratom as a schedule 1 substance. Drugs in this class are thought to have no medical value and a high potential for abuse. Other schedule 1 substances include marijuana, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and magic mushrooms. This would have made the possession of small amounts of kratom a misdemeanor and large amounts a felony.
Just days after the vote, the American Kratom Association began organizing efforts in Ohio to get the board to reverse their decision. For those that don’t know, the American Kratom Association (AKA) is a Virginia-based nonprofit that advocates for legislation to legalize and regulate kratom. Their goal is to get the federal government and all state governments to pass the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
Thousands of people emailed the board and spoke positively about kratom during the public comment period. 92 people gave positive public testimony. Thanks to these efforts, the scheduling of kratom was officially delayed in August of 2019.
Around that same time, Rep. Gary Scherer filed a bill that would legalize and regulate kratom. Unfortunately, not much action has been taken on that bill since. The good news is there also hasn’t been any action towards renewing the efforts to make kratom a schedule 1 substance.
Where to Buy Kratom in Ohio
You can find kratom for sale in Ohio at gas stations, smoke shops, and vape shops. The selection will be limited to powder and only a few different kratom strains. If you are a new kratom user, beware that you won’t be able to get any advice from employees. First off, they won’t have the answers you need since kratom is just one of the many things they sell.
Secondly, even if they did have the answers, they can’t legally sell kratom for human consumption. This means they can’t answer any questions about dosage or strain effects. Since the quality of kratom is not regulated in Ohio, your best option is to buy online from an AKA-approved vendor.
As a kratom vendor approved by the AKA, we had to go through an intensive 3rd-party audit to get their seal of approval. While we can’t give you any information on dosage or effects, we can guarantee that our kratom supply is free from harmful adulterants. Check out our shop to browse our wide selection of kratom powders. Finally, be sure to google “is kratom legal in Ohio” every couple of months to make sure you are still complying with state law.
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Disclaimer: kratom is not used to treat, cure, or mitigate any disease, illness, ailment, and/or condition. Please see FDA import alert 54-15. We make no representations as to intended use or suitability for use.