Legislative Briefs


Federal Legislative News

Updated 9/26/18

The final federal opioid legislation does not include the “Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues” (SITSA) Act (H.R. 2851), which could have restricted access to natural botanical products.

This is a great success protecting Kratom from federal legislation at this time. The House could vote by the end of the week before recessing after the Congressional Budget Office is expected to score the bill.

Our fight is not over. Kratom still faces restrictions by federal regulators, state legislatures and local governments. The Kratom Trade Association will persist engaging and educating decision makers in partnership with fellow Kratom advocates to protect safe and responsible Kratom consumption for millions of Americans.


State Legislative News

Updated July 2nd, 2018


In May, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Resolution No. 177. This resolution directed the Louisiana Department of Health to create a study committee to determine whether Kratom should be a controlled substance at the state level. The next step is for the State Department of Health to establish a working group to review all relevant research.

KTA has been in touch with the Louisiana Department of Health, who indicated that they will name the members of the study committee later this summer. The Department has committed to keeping us informed so that we can engage in discussions in advance of any meetings.


Like Louisiana, the Georgia State Legislature called for a summer study committee to look into whether Kratom should be a controlled substance there. Georgia Representative Vernon Jones, an avid Kratom supporter, has been assigned to the committee and will make sure the proper facts and science are presented. We’re told the plan for study input includes hearings around the state and we will share more details once they are determined.


HB 1832/SB 2258, a bill that would have banned Kratom in Tennessee, was signed into law by Governor Haslam on May 21 with Kratom removed from the list of banned substances. The bill passed with an amendment that stipulates Kratom is legal in its raw powdered or crushed leaf forms for consumers over 21 and adds additional labeling requirements.


After fierce debate, Governor Colyer signed SB 282, the Uniformed Controlled Substances Act, into law on May 14 with Kratom removed in the final version of the bill. Kratom remains legal in the state of Kansas.

New York

S6924 was passed by the state Senate on June 12. It was referred to the Assembly and onto the Health Committee. The bill prohibits the sale of Kratom to individuals under the age of 18; defines “Kratom” as any part of the plant Mitragyna Speciosa, whether growing or not, and any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant; and imposes a civil penalty of no more than $500 for the sale or provision of Kratom to any person under the age of 18