Kratom is one of the few plants, like cannabis, that has inspired its own advocacy movements to keep it legal.
The mysterious traditional plant with origins in Thailand and Malaysia is still new in the United States. In 1943, the Thai government banned kratom, fearing it could destroy the opium tax revenue that the nation depended on. Taking cue from Thailand, the United States is poised to do basically the same thing. America’s lucrative big pharma opioid powerhouse could take a beating if kratom use gets out of control.
Alabama became the sixth state to effectively ban kratom. Arkansas, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin have banned the active ingredients in kratom, and Illinois and Louisiana have banned the substance altogether. Alabama District Attorneys’ Association Deputy. According to the American Kratom Association, anti-kratom legislation is being drafted as we speak in Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky. Director Barry Matson said most counties are giving retailers 24 to 48 hours to dump any remaining product.