Is kratom legal in Illinois?
Illinois is one of the states where the opinion on kratom is a bit rocky. There have been attempts to ban kratom, and kratom is banned in three cities and one town: Alton, Edwardsville, and Jerseyville, and the town of Glen Carbon. Besides the four locations in Illinois where kratom is banned, anyone over the age of 18 can legally buy, sell, possess and consume kratom.
But will kratom remain legal in Illinois? There’s currently a bit of a battle in 2021 between lawmakers in Illinois who want to keep kratom legal and pass the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, and other lawmakers who want to ban kratom in Illinois, making it a misdemeanor. Let’s see what Illinois’ kratom laws are.
History of kratom legality in Illinois
But will kratom remain legal in Illinois?
There’s currently a bit of a battle in 2021 between lawmakers in Illinois who want to keep kratom legal and pass the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, and other lawmakers who want to ban kratom in Illinois, making it a misdemeanor. Let’s see what Illinois’ kratom laws are.
Kratom Legislation in Illinois
Looking at the history of kratom laws in Illinois, it’s clear that the state has strong but mixed feelings on kratom. Here’s the timeline of kratom laws in Illinois.
- In 2014, House Bill 5526 was passed to make kratom illegal for minors to buy, and illegal to sell kratom to minors.
- In October 2017, Representative Katie Stewart, a Democrat from Edwardsville, introduced bill HB4106 to the House to make kratom illegal in Illinois, state-wide. It died in committee in 2018.
- In 2017, the city of Jerseyville, Illinois banned kratom.
- In 2018, Alton, Illinois, passed a law banning kratom.
- In 2019, the village of Glen Carbon, IL, passed an ordinance banning kratom.
- On March, 3, 2020, Edwardsville, IL, passed a ban on kratom.
- The American Kratom Association urged their members and advocates to send their testimonials on kratom to the city council. Despite over 200 emails that spoke positively of kratom, the city council still voted 6-0 in favor of the ban, setting the battlegrounds for kratom laws in Illinois.
- On February 6, 2020, lawmakers in favor of kratom legality introduced the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA). The KCPA makes kratom legal for anyone over 18. It also requires strict lab testing for impurities and alkaloid content to prevent contaminated kratom sales.
- Two weeks later in February 2020, a group of lawmakers against kratom legality in IL introduced a bill that would ban kratom statewide.
Clearly, Illinois State Representatives and Senators are very polarized on the issue of kratom legislation. Will kratom be banned in Illinois in 2021? Hopefully not—it’s in the citizens’ best interest that the state will pass a law based on the KCPA, to keep kratom legal and safe.
Help Keep Kratom Legal in Illinois
Katie Stuart’s determination with banning kratom represents a broader issue concerning Illinois state policies that waste time and resources of authorities. Banning kratom would push kratom sales to the underground, where it’s more likely to be contaminated and unsafe due to its illegal status.
Police officers should not have to worry about people using kratom as an herbal alternative for chronic pain rather than taking far more dangerous opioids. This would needlessly waste taxpayer money.
To help keep kratom legal in Illinois in 2021 and the future, you can do the following: Look for petitions to “keep kratom legal in Illinois” such as this petition and this one—sign them and share them.
Next, find and contact your Illinois Representatives and Senators and urge them to pass a bill regulating kratom (based on the KCPA). Opioids are over 1000 times more likely to cause death from overdose than kratom, and any deaths attributed to kratom involved dangerous drugs, so it’s unfair to cite kratom as deadly1.
1 Singh, Darshan & Narayanan, Suresh & Vicknasingam, Balasingam. (2016). Traditional and non-traditional uses of Mitragynine (Kratom): A survey of the literature. Brain Research Bulletin. 126. 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2016.05.004.
- Glen Carbon