By Triumph Kratom | November 03, 2019
If you’re looking for kratom in Louisiana, it’s helpful to understand not just the current laws that apply to your state, but also the general opinions and attitudes that will shape future legislation. Here, you’ll learn more about how kratom has been treated in the past, who’s for the plant, and who’s against it.
Kratom legality in Louisiana has been contested as of late, brought about by official reports that detail the alleged dangers of this botanical. However, it is currently still legal in the state, and those people who use it, whether in powder, extract, or capsule form, have reported positive effects. If you’re buying kratom in Louisiana, you’ll need to find a reputable seller who understands the many strains of kratom, so you can find the kind that works best for you.
Kratom appears to be unregulated in Louisiana, meaning there is no official oversight from government agencies to verify that the kratom being sold to you is both effective and safe. However, it is under scrutiny by the Louisiana Department of Health. In the summer of 2019, state Rep. Chris Turner pushed a bill through both the state Senate and House to criminalize kratom if it’s classified it as a schedule 1 substance by the DEA. Under this law, kratom would be classified as Schedule 1.
The law was signed on June 11, 2019 by Governor John Bel Edwards. The act was a unanimous vote, likely due to a report on kratom released by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). The DEA had temporarily banned kratom in the past, but this ban has since been lifted. It is unclear how the DEA will address kratom moving forward, but for now, Louisiana kratom laws do not ban residents from using kratom.
Is kratom legal in Louisiana? For now, yes. The key piece of legislation in Louisiana is named HB452. Under the Uniform Controlled Substance Law, this law would essentially follow the DEA’s ruling on the matter. As of now, the DEA is conducting research on kratom but has not banned it. This Louisiana bill supports what the DEA is doing and will follow the DEA’s formal recommendations as soon as they’re put into motion.
The last attempt to ban kratom occurred in 2014, under HB19. This bill would have added common Mitragynine alkaloids (the active compound in kratom) to the controlled substance list. In 2014, the bill made it out of committee. In 2015, a version of the original bill was passed — but it excluded kratom from the list of recommended substances. It should be noted that there is no official age restriction for kratom, though it seems likely that cases for minors will be judged individually if officials or medical personnel suspect abuse of the substance in any way.
There have been no recently reported problems in regards to shipping kratom in Louisiana. All major carriers, including USPS, FedEx, and UPS will deliver kratom to people in Louisiana. Some kratom suppliers have been hesitant to ship to certain states (or denied services outright), due to lawmaker opinion — even if the rules did not expressly ban it. However, Louisiana does not seem to have enough controversy to warrant buying or shipping issues when it comes to the actual distribution channels.
It should be noted that there have been anecdotal stories of people having problems if the package passes through lines of a state that has banned it. For example, if the package goes through a shipping center in Alabama (a state in which kratom is banned) on its way to Louisiana (a state in which kratom is legal), the package may be seized along the way. And while the post office’s practice is subject to federal law and not state law, not all employees may know about the separation of legislation. Therefore, if you’re buying kratom powder in Louisiana, it could present a hassle depending on the route the package takes to get to you.
The advocates for kratom Louisiana include the American Kratom Association (AKA) for Kratom. This group updates residents about the laws, benefits, and reality of the plant. It also calls for action to educate legislators about how kratom can be used to help the people of Louisiana.
Other advocates largely consist of buyers and sellers in the state who are (thankfully) vocal when it comes to voicing their opinions about the plant. When representatives of the state were considering banning kratom around eight years ago, a website called change.org started an online petition that would have opposed the law. This petition was signed by 736 people.
It should be noted that the popularity for kratom has increased in recent years though, and may have spurred more people to become involved in the kratom laws in Louisiana. The LDH is officially advocating for its ban largely because they state that kratom has no designated medical uses. However, LDH does concede that exceptions can be made after more studies come out and the state puts more regulatory stipulations on buying, selling, and use.
For more information on kratom laws across the country, check out our Kratom Legality Map.
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