Indiana

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History of kratom legality in Indiana

Indiana made kratom illegal in 2014. The Indiana State Senate passed SB305. Like other states where kratom is illegal, such as Alabama and Arkansas, the bill bans kratom’s main alkaloids (mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine) under the category of “synthetic substances.”

Legislators often ban kratom without knowing much about it at all. A member of the coffee family, kratom is a completely natural plant—far from being a synthetic substance.

2018 Amendment to SB305

Although kratom is still falsely listed as a synthetic substance in other states, the Indiana legislators amended the law in 2018 to remove kratom from this category of banned substances, and instead classify it as a Schedule I hallucinogenic substance, which is also inaccurate. 

Kratom is not hallucinogenic—in fact, some studies actually find that kratom may have anti-hallucinogenic properties. It’s honestly pretty disturbing that they still didn’t take the time to inform themselves on kratom.

Efforts to Make Kratom Legal in Indiana

Many people in Indiana rely on kratom as a natural alternative to prescription medications for treating chronic pain, and it’s important to them that it becomes legal so they can have a safer option than opioids. 

In 2018, the Kratom Trade Association (KTA) made an effort to collect funds for a campaign that would aim to reverse the kratom ban in Indiana. However, there were no updates on whether any progress was made. The KTA’s newsletter is the only source of information on the matter.

The KTA is the only organization actively trying to reverse the ban on kratom in Indiana. They state that they nearly helped amend SB305 to introduce a reverse of the ban in early 2018. The opposition, however, insisted on researching the matter further first (which is odd, because they obviously didn’t research it when they amended it the first time, since they miscategorized kratom again). Kratom is still illegal in the state if Indiana.

Help Make Kratom Legal In Indiana

Here’s what you can do to help make kratom legal in Indiana:

  1. Contact Indiana State Senators and contact Indiana State Representatives
  2. Share your kratom story with your legislators, and/or recent scientific studies on kratom that supply evidence for kratom legalization.
  3. Urge your senators to meet with the American Kratom Association to learn more about kratom and to discuss regulating kratom to keep it safe for consumers, according to the Kratom Consumer Protection act.
  4. Contact the AKA at support@americankratom.org and urge them to prioritize legalizing kratom in Indiana.

The AKA is a non-profit advocacy group that constantly works to keep kratom legal across the U.S and to legalize it where it is illegal.  They meet with a number of states that ban kratom or do not regulate kratom and urge them to pass a bill that regulates kratom and keeps it legal,  in order to assure kratom product safety.

Thanks to the AKA’s help, states like Georgia, where kratom was likely to become illegal, have regulated it and kept kratom legal. 

 There are only a handful of states that have banned the use of kratom, and Indiana is one of them. 

  • Indianapolis
  • Fort Wayne
  • Evansville
  • South Bend
  • Carmel
  • Bloomington
  • Fishers
  • Hammond