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History of kratom legality in Alabama

Kratom has been illegal in Alabama since 2016.

Alabama is one of the US states to fully ban kratom sales, both online and in-store.

2021 Alabama Legislation on Kratom

Although kratom is legal in most states, Alabama is one of the few states that has banned kratom. It’s listed as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. This means that selling kratom, possessing it, using kratom, processing it, and distributing it in the state are all illegal. Online vendors will not ship kratom to Alabama.

Can You Drive Through Alabama With Kratom?

If you’re on a road trip, and you wish to travel through Alabama, make sure you don’t have kratom in your car. In 2019, a Florida man was stopped in Orange Beach, Alabama for a traffic violation, and arrested when he openly told the cops about his 895 capsules of Maeng Da kratom, weighing 675 grams.

He didn’t expect any consequences, as he didn’t know kratom was illegal in Alabama.

Though kratom is legal in all parts of Florida except Saratosa County, the police informed the man that in Alabama, possessing as little as 4 ounces of kratom or more is enough for a person to be charged with drug trafficking. The man was charged with drug trafficking, facing the same consequences as if he were carrying cocaine or heroin.

Why is Kratom Illegal in Alabama?

According to the director of The Drug Education Council, the “downfall of kratom” in Alabama began when gas stations started selling liquid kratom products in 2-oz shots under names like Vivazen and K-Chill. Teenagers would buy them without knowing much about kratom.

Kratom Legislation in Alabama

Although the DEA backed down on pursuing a ban on kratom in 2016, Alabama passed a bill that outlawed synthetic substances. Although kratom is a completely natural herb, two of its active alkaloids, mitragynine, and 7-hydroxymitragynine, fall under that category.

Alabama’s laws surrounding kratom are confusing because kratom itself isn’t listed in the bill, and its name is not included in the controlled substances list.

What Happens if You Have Kratom in Alabama?

If a person is caught selling kratom in Alabama (or any schedule 1 drug), they face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. For possessing the herb, the penalty is $1000 for the first offense, and a potential 1-year jail sentence.

More importantly, the legal authorities will suspend your driver’s license for six months.

What Can You Do To Help?

Although as of 2021, no petitions to legalize kratom in Alabama have succeeded, the more voices on the matter, the better the chances. Supporting The Consumer Protection Act is a developing legislation that would legalize kratom while also regulating it.

You can join The American Kratom Association to learn more about advocacy. You can join the Legalize Kratom in Alabama Facebook Group to stay up to date with the latest kratom news.

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