Is kratom legal in Arizona?
Kratom is not only legal in Arizona, but it’s pretty popular in that state. Though it’s currently legal, there have been laws in Arizona attempting to ban kratom. Let’s take a closer look at kratom in Arizona and the laws surrounding it.
History of kratom legality in Arizona
Arizona is one of the states that has passed the “Kratom Consumer Protection Act,” which is a trending law in kratom news.
In 2019, this act was passed in House Bill 2520 and then signed into law on April 30th, 2019 by Governor Doug Ducey.
In regards to the Kratom bill, Ducey stated “I signed this bill because it takes a small but important step of prohibiting the sale of kratom to minors.” He emphasized that he is not a kratom supporter, stating, “But let me be clear — my signature on this bill should not be viewed as an endorsement of its consumption by adults.”
This bill makes kratom illegal for those under 18 years of age. It also requires that retailers who are selling kratom must label their products with specific guidelines and caution warnings for the public.
Attempts to Ban Kratom in Arizona
In 2014, the bill HB2453 attempted to add 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine (two alkaloids in kratom) to the state’s list of illegal synthetic substances. The bill shows the state government’s lack of knowledge on kratom—kratom and its alkaloids are 100% natural, not synthetic.
Despite the inaccuracy, this would have banned kratom. As a matter of fact, kratom is illegal in Alabama due to the two alkaloids being listed under “banned synthetic substances.” Legislative attempts like these reflect the lack of education on kratom.
Fortunately, various Arizona petitions signed by kratom supporters prevented the ban on kratom.
Buying and Selling Kratom in Arizona
You can buy kratom legally in stores in Arizona as well as online. Kratom is regulated in Arizona; fortunately, you’ll have no problem finding online vendors who sell kratom that provides sufficient lab reports and labels according to the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
Interestingly, kratom is popular enough in Arizona as an alternative to prescription medicine that there are vending machines that offer kratom.
Help Keep Kratom Legal in Arizona
It’s a good thing that Arizona was one of the first of the few states that have passed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act. This means that laws surrounding kratom are less up in the air. That said, laws around kratom remain unstable in this country. The most important thing to do to assure kratom’s legality in the United States is to support kratom education.
You can help by joining the Kratom United Facebook Group. Share websites and articles from Kratom Education and Advocacy pages.
You can also leave a comment for Doug Ducey to let him know that advocating for kratom and education on it is important, and that there are other beneficial reasons for passing the Kratom Consumer Protection Act besides just imposing an age restriction.
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