Legality in Europe
Since the creation of the European Union, free trade and mobility of people and goods was established among the member states.
The European Union can issue general rulings and laws that the States have to abide by, leaving little room for unilateral rulings. When it comes to legalizing or banning a new substance, states have some freedom. There is, however, a mutual recognition principle. That means that if the use of a specific substance is approved in one member state, it should not be banned in the rest.
Check what’s the official legal status of Kratom in each of the EU Countries and stay updated on any new regulations and developments.
Outside the EU, countries are able to rule based on their own judgement. Most countries look up to the United States or the UN when facing a new situation that has no precedent in their law system.
Unfortunately, Kratom has been banned in some countries. While there has been great strides towards accepting this plant, there is still work to be done. Read our list below for countries you should not travel to or be very careful with kratom.
Countries where Kratom is prohibited
In 2005, the Australian Drug and Poisons Schedule Committee recommended that Kratom & Mitragynine be grouped along with other schedule 9 substances. This imposed a complete ban on the use of Kratom. This law implied that the legal status of Kratom in Australia is that of a narcotic drug, the use of which is illegal.
Through this legislation, Australia has expressly prohibited the purchase, sale and even possession of Kratom products and Mitragynine. However this law doesn’t prohibit Kratom for research purposes. With the passing of this law, Australia has raised increased pressure on New Zealand to adopt a similar stance on kratom.
Israel moved to make both Mitragynine and Hydroxymitragynine illegal.
Kratom is currently considered illegal in Lithuania.
Kratom is considered illegal in Malaysia under Section 30 (3) Poisons Act 1952. However, it is reported that possession in Malaysia isn’t a major issue.
Bringing kratom into Malaysia is could have you regarded as a drug smuggler. Quantities above a certain level are harshly punished.
Kratom is now illegal in Myanmar and Burma. It cannot be grown or purchased.
Romania banned kratom (including Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine) on February the 10th, 2010
South Korea has made Kratom an illegal substance. It is heavily regulated with harsh penalties imposed against people who attempt importation and possession.
Kratom has been illegal since 1943. In 1979, kratom was reclassified as a Type 5 narcotic (the least restrictive and punitive level). It was included in the Thai Narcotics Act along with cannabis and mushrooms, reducing sentences and punishments from those guilty under the act.
Countries with questionable legality
Below are countries around the world with access to Kratom but that have written laws regarding its legality.
Denmark scheduled kratom as a controlled substance as of as of March 13, 2009. Like Finland, it can be obtained with a doctor’s prescription.
Finland is generally extremely restrictive and has banned kratom. While it is considered a controlled substance, some may obtain a prescription for kratom. It is illegal to import Kratom and shipments are seized by customs officials if discovered.