By Triumph Kratom | November 03, 2019
Kratom is a botanical product that like many others, has a public journey filled with both skepticism and scrutiny. Scientifically known as mitragyna speciosa, kratom has gained a notoriety that has brought it from the tropical climes of Southeast Asia to places around the world.
The natural product first came to the attention of those in the United States around 2010, as more purveyors made it available through marketplaces on the
Internet. But in the years after this introduction, federal authorities felt that kratom presented more of a risk. This concern was reflected in the attempt by the Drug Enforcement Agency in 2016 to ban kratom usage in the U.S. through classifying it as a Schedule I drug.
This effort to ban kratom was shelved after members of Congress implored the agency to hold off so that more research could be done to explore the positive benefits of kratom. As a result, state and municipal governments have had to chart their own course on how to deal with the natural product and its use by their citizens.
For those living in Minnesota, kratom appeared on the scene at about the same time that it became available through different retailers through the web in the States. Minnesotans became drawn to the natural product because they were curious about the benefits it had as a way to relieve mood and motivation issues some were afflicted with. Another potential benefit that was of great interest was the idea that kratom could help users wean themselves off of opioids.
Of course, as kratom became more popular in Minnesota, law enforcement officials began to have some concerns. The Minnesota Poison Control System noted that cases of users who fell sick while taking kratom went from two cases in 2013 to 18 in 2018, with 41 people in total during that time.
Health officials were concerned that kratom was proving to be as addictive as narcotic substances, and expressed this sentiment to members of the state government. Another source of worry for government officials came during a nationwide incident in 2018 where batches of kratom were found to have been tainted with salmonella. Two of these cases were in Minnesota.
Currently, kratom is still legal to purchase, consume and distribute in the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota State House approved a law that effectively made it illegal to sell kratom and related products to anyone under the age of 18. There have been talks among some members of the legislature about establishing a consumer protection policy as found in other states this year butnothing in terms of an official bill has taken shape.
For more information on kratom laws across the country, check out our Kratom Legality Map.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Adminstration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.