Indiana, the home state of Michael Jackson, is dubbed “The Hoosier State” and its people are “Hoosiers”. Curiously, no one knows where the name came from and what Hoosier actually means.
However, Indiana has a town called Santa Claus. It was originally Santa Fe, but they failed to open a post office because another Santa Fe had already claimed the name.
Santa Claus, Indiana, keeps the Christmas theme all year long and welcomes almost half a million letters to Santa a year. They even have streets with names such as Rudolph Boulevard and Dasher Lane.
Can you ask Santa Claus to bring you kratom for Christmas in Indiana? We’re about to find out.
Is Kratom Legal in Indiana?
Unfortunately, kratom is illegal in Indiana. The Indiana Senate banned kratom in 2014 and classified it as a Schedule I controlled substance.
Indiana is one of the few states in America that chose to ban kratom. In 2014, the Indiana Senate amended the state-controlled substance law and included mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, the two primary kratom alkaloids, among prohibited drugs.
Initially, the bill suggested classifying mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine as synthetic substances. Both kratom alkaloids were labeled as synthetic cannabinoids mimicking the effects of cocaine and marijuana. That is clear misinformation as kratom is neither synthetic nor a cannabinoid. It comes from the Rubiaceae or coffee plant family.
However, later the authorities realized the mistake and amended that part. Sadly, they did not decriminalize kratom. Instead, they classified kratom as a Schedule I hallucinogenic substance. This again is inaccurate. Some studies actually point out that kratom may have anti-hallucinogenic properties.
Efforts to Reverse the Ban
In 2018, the Kratom Trade Association (KTA) was collecting funds for a campaign that aimed to reverse the kratom ban in Indiana. However, there are no updates on whether any progress has been made.
Yet, according to the KTA’s newsletter, they were the only organization actively trying to reverse the ban on kratom in Indiana. They also state that language to reverse the kratom ban was nearly amended into a bill in early 2018. But the opposition insisted on researching the matter further first.
We cannot confirm this though as this newsletter is the only source of information that we have on the matter.
The American Kratom Association (AKA), a non-profit organization, actively works to keep kratom legal across the country. The organization targets a number of states that do not regulate kratom as well as those that have banned it. Nonetheless, when the AKA announced in early 2021 the priority states that it would be targeting throughout the year, Indiana was not among them.
Thus, at the moment, kratom still remains banned in Indiana.
Where to Buy Kratom in Indiana?
Due to the kratom ban, it is not legal to buy or possess the herb in Indiana. We also urge you not to break the law by trying to obtain kratom elsewhere. Since there are people who’d like to ban kratom nationwide, such action can hurt the reputation of kratom. In addition to that, possessing kratom in Indiana is punishable by law.
However, we would be grateful if you could support any action, such as petitions or other forms of kratom activism, that would aim to reverse the Indiana kratom ban.
Keep in mind that how you advocate for kratom legality matters. While the AKA may not focus on kratom legality in Indiana at this time, it has resources that can help you prepare. Please view the AKA’s Kratom Advocacy Toolkit for more information.
If you’d like to see more information and an updated map on kratom legality in the United States, refer to this blog post.