Indiana is the 38th largest of the US’s fifty most populous states, but the 17th most populous state. Kratom becomes very popular throughout the United States. People who live in Indiana or those who are planning a tour to Indiana may question whether or not kratom consumption/sale and possession is prohibited at any given time in Indiana, especially if they are kratom lovers.
What exactly does Indiana’s law say about the personal use of Kratom? We will look into this in more detail, in this blog. So read on:
Is kratom legal in Indiana?
No, kratom is not legal in the state of Indiana. Indiana is one of the few places in the USA that has illegalized Kratom. This herbal remedy cannot be used in the state. Also, no one can legally sell Mitragyna speciosa in Indiana.
In 2004, Indiana’s Senate passed a law banning Kratom. The original law was made to ban both 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine because they were grouped together as “synthetic substances”. Since these alkaloids are kratom’s main components, so indirectly kratom was banned in the state.
In 2018 Indiana lawmakers amended the original bill to change the way the Mitragyna speciosa was labeled. Whereas before it had been listed as containing synthetic alkaloids, the updated bill does not contain any mention of synthetics at all. However, unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that Mitragyna speciosa is legal in Indiana again.
What is kratom and why it is banned in Indiana?
Mitragyna Speciosa is a medicinal herb from the coffee family and is native to countries like Malaysia or Indonesia. Its leaves are green and are used either fresh or dried and converted into powder. It can also be brewed as tea for in-house uses. However, its legality has been an issue in Indiana where it’s labeled by law enforcement as synthetic. However, later they changed their label but did not legalize Kratom.
Indiana recently redefined kratom as a Schedule I hallucinogenic substance. This puts it in the same legal class as heroin, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote.
What happens if you purchase or sell kratom in Indiana?
You could face legal trouble for possessing kratom, a plant that some have claimed is useful for medicinal and/or recreational purposes. Under Indiana’s current state laws, you may be charged with a Class a misdemeanor, which may result in up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
However, there are some exceptions. If a person is arrested for possession of kratom near a school or while they’re with a minor, they could face a huge Felony charge. This charge carries a minimum prison sentence of 6 months and a fine of up to $10,000 may also apply.
As of the present moment, many interested parties in Indiana have actively sought contributions to help pass a bill that would help get any reversal in the law against kratom. Unfortunately, there has been no progress made in regards to swaying the current law against kratom.
In Indiana, you can’t have kratom. If you have any kratom at all in your possession, the authorities will arrest you for violating our state law. If you are caught with even just a little bit of kratom on you, you may face serious consequences.