Is kratom legal in Connecticut?
Connecticut is one of the states, like Alaska, that didn’t feel the pressure to introduce any bills or legislations on kratom after 2016, when the DEA put a brief ban on the plant. Buying and selling kratom remained legal and free of restrictions–-up until recently.
In February 2021, Connecticut’s first bill regarding kratom was introduced. If the bill passes, there will be some regulations on kratom, but it will remain legal. Let’s look at what the bill means for kratom consumers in Connecticut.
History of kratom legality in Connecticut
Although some state laws on kratom are devastating to those who need to legally buy kratom to treat chronic pain, overcome opioid addictions, manage depression and reduce anxiety–-the kratom bill that is being considered by the Connecticut state legislature would be beneficial to kratom consumers.
The bill, introduced by Representative Quentin Phipps, a Democrat representing District 100, is based on the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, a piece of legislation that’s been developed by the American Kratom Association and kratom advocates for months.
Connecticut sets a good example for other states by approaching kratom legislation with an open mind towards education and understanding the importance it has to its citizens.
The Connecticut bill is still pending, and involves a study on volunteering kratom consumers in the state.
What Will Happen if the 2021 Kratom Bill in Connecticut Passes
This legislation is designed to protect kratom consumers by keeping kratom legal, while requiring standards for quality that must be met. If the Connecticut bill is passed, it would:
- Regulate manufacturing, distribution, and sales of kratom products to maintain a standard of quality/safety
- Ban sales of contaminated kratom or kratom products that can’t prove that they abide with the quality standards
- Enforce penalties for those who sell kratom that doesn’t comply with safety standards
- Oversee the kratom industry on a state level so that state officials can maintain standards
Some states also include an age requirement of 18 years of age or 21 years of age for buying and selling kratom. The Connecticut bill would likely place an age restriction of 21 years for kratom buying, sales, and possession.
Support the Kratom Consumer Protection Act
Six states have banned kratom, and in other states, certain cities and counties have banned kratom. Many of these bans are based on the DEA’s temporary ban in 2016, which has been repealed–-since then, more studies have been conducted on kratom, many of which support its benefits and low risk for abuse.
The state representatives who support bans typically lack education on kratom, and many of them didn’t even know what kratom was before voting to ban it. Meeting with the AKA to discuss the Kratom Consumer Protection Act could help these states make kratom legal, since regulations would prevent risks like the salmonella outbreak of 2018 linked to kratom.
The first states to support the act and incorporate it into their state legislation are Utah, Arizona, Georgia, and Oregon. Hopefully, Connecticut will join them.
To support the act and discuss your thoughts on kratom, find your state representative here and contact them. Contact your senator here. Join the Keep Kratom Legal Facebook group to stay up-to-date with news on kratom laws.
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