Summer is among us and you may be preparing for your much-needed vacation. One question we get a lot is, “Can you take kratom on a plane?” This is a complex question that deserves exploration. Kratom is federally legal but every state has its laws when it comes to kratom. So, you will need to pay close attention to the laws of the area you will be traveling to. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the legalities surrounding kratom and travel.
Is Kratom Legal in the United States?
Mitragyna Speciosa (kratom) is a tree that grows in the wilds of Southeast Asia. Kratom has grown in popularity over the last decade and can now be found in many local shops such as Simple Botanical. There are no federal laws surrounding kratom. This means that the government does not regulate this herb. However, each state has the right to ban kratom.
While the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tried to issue a nationwide ban, it was eventually withdrawn due to the overwhelming support that kratom was receiving. The DEA had every intention of placing kratom on the Controlled Substance list and classifying it as a Schedule I drug. However, this law was never carried out. Since this time, there have been no other attempts to ban kratom nationwide.
Consider State Laws Before Traveling
It is highly important that you take the time to research the laws surrounding kratom. Be sure that you know each area that you will be traveling and their stance on kratom. You never want to be caught with kratom in an area where it has been banned. This could lead to criminal charges.
Some states allow kratom but there are specific areas within the state that have banned its use. A good example is Florida. You can legally own kratom in all areas of Florida except for Sarasota County. If caught with kratom in Sarasota County you will face criminal charges.
You also want to pay close attention to specific laws that place restrictions on kratom, such as age restrictions. If an area states you must be 21 to possess kratom you want to be sure that you meet these specifications. Otherwise, it would be best to leave your kratom at home.
Some states have not only banned kratom but also classified it as a Schedule I Drug. It is a priority that you pay close attention to the laws and comply with them. If an area has pending legislation regarding kratom be aware of time frames and when a ban could be implemented. As a traveler, you will be responsible for knowing all the legalities surrounding kratom.
Kratom has been banned in the following states:
- Rhode Island
If you are traveling to an area where kratom has been banned then you need to leave your stash at home. Do not even attempt to take it with you.
Kratom use is prohibited in these specific locations:
- Alton, Illinois
- San Diego, California
- Parker, Colorado
- Monument, Colorado
- Jerseyville, Illinois
- Northern Mississippi
- Sarasota County, Florida
- Oceanside, California
- Union County, Mississippi
- Franklin County, New Hampshire
If you are planning to travel to any of the states or specific areas that we mentioned above it is best to leave your kratom at home. Violating laws will lead to consequences. Remember, those who work in the airport are only doing their job. When they question you about kratom you need to do your best to give them honest answers.
Can You Take Kratom On A Plane?
Now, let’s answer our original question, “Can you take kratom on a plane?” Since there are no laws against kratom it is legal to fly anywhere in the USA with kratom. However, you need to be aware if kratom is banned in a state or an area in which you will be traveling. If you have kratom on you and your bags are checked, you will be facing legal issues.
Always do your own research before traveling. If you are unsure the best thing to do is leave your kratom at home. You could also consult with an attorney about the legal status of kratom in specific areas. This will help ensure you are interpreting the laws correctly.
Since kratom is new to the United States, airport staff may not be highly familiar with this herb. So, you may be stopped if the staff cannot identify the powder. It will be important that you keep your kratom in its original packaging so that staff can see what the substance is. If they are unable to identify it, you could be detained. This is why it is best to leave your kratom in its original packaging.
Can I Travel Abroad With Kratom?
If you are traveling to a foreign country you will have to take the time to study up on the laws. Nothing would be worse than traveling to an area where kratom has been banned but you did not realize it. Kratom is prohibited in several countries. Here are just some of the international areas where kratom has been banned.
- United Arab Emirates
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
Leave It Home If That Is What Your Guts Telling You!
If you are not sure or something is telling you that it would be best to leave your stash at home, then that is what you should do. Nothing is worse than holding up your vacation because airport staff has questions about the powder in your suitcase.
You certainly do not want to find yourself in a foreign country, detained all because they cannot identify what the powder is in your case. If kratom is legal in the area where you are traveling you should be able to pick up some powder locally. This will help eliminate the worry of being questioned at the airport.
While you may be able to legally travel with kratom, you have to weigh the pros and cons of taking a powdery substance with you on a plane. It can raise a lot of questions and make you look sketchy. So, be sure you do your research and are well versed on the laws before hopping a plane with kratom in your carry-on. Simple Botanical has some great blogs for more information on Kratom.