Is Kratom Legal in Mississippi in 2020?

is kratom legal in Mississippi

Mississippi State owes its name to the Mississippi River. This state is the birthplace of blues, Elvis Presley, and root beer.

Interestingly, the University of Mississippi is where the Marijuana Research Facility is located. It is the only facility that receives federal funding to grow and research the medical properties of marijuana.

You may expect Mississippi to have an open-mind toward kratom as well. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

Is Kratom Legal in Mississippi?

At this time, 33 counties and towns banned kratom in Mississippi. However, kratom remains legal in the rest of the Mississippi State. Nonetheless, there is pending legislation to ban kratom in other counties and towns, as well as in the entire state. 

A bill to ban kratom in early 2018 did not pass committee. Had it passed, it would have outlawed mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine in any form. There was another bill later in the same year. Nonetheless, the authorities amended it and left kratom out of it.

Because the attempt to ban kratom statewide did not succeed, residents and officials decided to tackle kratom legality in Mississippi one state and one city at a time.

It started with Union County and Columbus City. Despite kratom being a herb, the bans in both listed it among synthetic substances. A similar thing happened in Sarasota County, Florida, and San Diego, California.

Kratom Bans 2019

In March 2019, Caledonia Town criminalized kratom. A week later, the entire Lowndes County, where Columbus City is, decided to ban kratom, too. In the following weeks, so did Monroe County Alcorn County, Tishomingo County, and Itawamba County.

Unfortunately, Alcorn and Tishomingo are some of the highest opioid prescribing counties in the United States. Thus, this ban is preventing people in these counties from getting access to a more natural alternative.

Other counties and towns, such as Lee County, are considering banning kratom too.

Bill to Schedule Kratom in 2020

The proponents of a kratom ban in Mississippi aren’t willing to give up in 2020 either. Senator Charles Younger sponsored a bill that intends to make kratom a Schedule I drug. The bill was introduced on January 17, 2020.

The List of Counties and Towns in Mississippi where Kratom is Illegal

As of the beginning of June 2019, the latest news reports stated that a total of 33 cities and counties in Mississippi have banned kratom.

The counties in Mississippi where kratom is banned (in alphabetic order):

  • Alcorn
  • Calhoun
  • Itawamba
  • Lowndes
  • Monroe
  • Noxubee
  • Prentiss
  • Tippah
  • Tishomingo
  • Union

.As well as, the towns in Mississippi where kratom is banned (in alphabetic order)::

  • Belmont
  • Blue Mountain
  • Booneville
  • Bruce
  • Burnsville
  • Caledonia
  • Calhoun
  • Columbus
  • Corinth
  • Derma
  • Fulton
  • Guntown
  • Iuka
  • Mantachie
  • Marietta
  • New Albany
  • Okolona
  • Oxford
  • Pontotoc
  • Ripley
  • Saltillo
  • Senatobia
  • Tishomingo
  • Vardaman

Are Bans Based on Real or Biased Data?

The main argument against the herb is that it’s deadly. Officials and news sources state that in North Mississippi kratom was present in 12 overdose victims’ blood.

Curiously, Oxford Count, which is also considering banning kratom, Police Interim Chief Jeff McCutchen stated that kratom wasn’t necessarily “the primary cause but it was involved.” We have no data on what else was present in the victims’ blood. However, such wording once again appears to be an unfair attempt to put the blame on kratom.

The fact that kratom was present in these people’s blood does not mean that those automatically were caused by kratom. Thus, it would be equivalent to saying that the overdose victims had bacon or coffee in their system and that it caused their death.

As you can imagine, not all locals are satisfied with such an approach to kratom legality in Mississippi.

Where to Buy Kratom in Mississippi?

People can buy kratom in smoke and vape shops as well as gas stations and convenience stores across the Mississippi State. Yet, not all of the kratom products available for sale there are pure kratom powder. Retailers sell them right next to different questionable substances.

In order to not damage the reputation of kratom even further, we advise that you buy kratom online from reliable and trustworthy vendors who lab test each batch and only sell pure kratom powder.

For more information on kratom legality in the United States as well as the latest kratom legality map, view this post on our blog.

We aim to have the latest information on kratom available on our website. However, we may not always be able to locate everything. If you reside in Mississippi and have data on whether kratom is legal in certain Mississippi cities and counties, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment. We would absolutely appreciate that. 

23 thoughts on “Is Kratom Legal in Mississippi in 2020?

    • Kraoma says:

      According to what’s available to us, it does not seem that kratom is banned in these locations. However, we’re had a hard time locating definite locations in Mississippi state where kratom has been banned. So, we’d advise you to double-check that with local sources.

  1. Dianne Lyons says:

    You have chronic pain & lost a child & the doctors can’t give you any pain pills or anything for anxiety. I found something that works & I’m not worried about where I’m gonna get my help anymore. I would imagine the pharmaceutical companies are having a fit. All the deaths due to drugs & they are trying to do away with this. I hope they fight for us in Ms. Ban oxycodone, fentanyl & all the other deadly drugs. Count the overdoses on those.

    • Kraoma says:

      Hello and thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your experience. We’re sorry to hear that doctors aren’ providing you with adequate support. We agree that kratom is misrepresented in the media some prescription drugs are much more dangerous.

  2. Brian says:

    It is frustrating trying to locate a list of all the towns and counties that have banned kratom. But Fulton, Mantachie, and New Albany are not counties. They are towns.

    • Kraoma says:

      Thank you very much for letting us know that. We most definitely appreciate it. We’ve made the edit accordingly.

  3. Basel says:

    Do you have ay ideas about if someone sell them and the police find out so what they going do for him and how many years he will stay in jail and how much they going charge him?

    • Kraoma says:

      Hello Basel,
      Since it’s individual counties and cities banning kratom, it would depend on which city or county you specifically would be interested in. Reviewing their regulations on controlled substances should answer your queries.

    • Lesley says:

      Hi. I live in Northeast Mississippi(the ban area) and I try to go to the public meetings, when they choose to have one. Since kratom is still legal statewide, people caught with kratom in the ban areas get arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. It’s up to $1000 for the fine and up to 6 months in jail, or both. It’s just awful here.

  4. Melissa says:

    Something needs to be done for them punishing people that’s never even been on drugs! I’m In the same situation although I think it’s still legal in my area I don’t have insurance right now and kratom is the only way I have found relief from pain ect.. a shame they want to put this in the same category as LSD and so on because it’s NO WHERE NEAR THAT.. a cigarette gets u more high than I’ve felt off of kratom! Sick people in the world. One man said if people need relief from pain they don’t get it from gas stations well whoever he was I don’t buy kratom from a gas station but from decent vendors. We are not free in this world and it’s only getting worse! I pray something can be done to overrule these pathetic acts just because the big pharmaceutical companies isn’t getting good business once someone finds out about a natural way to help hem!

  5. Matthew says:

    Does the ban mean that kratom is illegal, or just not available for retail. I had heard that you could still order it wholesale in alcorn county.

    • Kraoma says:

      Hello, Matthew, and thanks for contacting us regarding the matter. It would depend on how specifically the law has been worded, and it doesn’t seem to be available online. However, a kratom ban normally covers production, retail, distribution, and possession; so, it is highly unlikely that wholesale would be allowed if retail isn’t.

      On several occasions, there’ve been misunderstandings regarding the wording. For instance, a few states had listed alkaloids as synthetic substances and people were debating whether natural kratom would then be considered legal. It wasn’t. There have been other instances that bans have occurred in secret without the public knowing about them. Kratom businesses also did not know about the ban and were operating for some time despite the ban.

      Since there is very limited information on Alcorn and other counties across Mississippi, it may be possible that not all online kratom vendors know about which counties and cities have banned it.

    • Lesley says:

      It’s illegal to sell it or possess it in the ban areas. The Monroe County sheriff said in a local newspaper that it is also illegal to order it online.

  6. Tina O'Brian says:

    This is the best thing I have found for my depression, my anxiety, my arthritis, and it’s all natural and they are trying to make it illegal, I don’t understand, I do order my own line and I’m afraid of what’s going happen if and when I get get it anymore, I guess the pharmaceutical wants me on pain pills and depression medication instead of something that’s natural

    • Kraoma says:

      Hello, Tina,
      We’re sorry to hear that and truly hope that the situation will turn for the better in Mississippi.

    • Christina Johnston says:

      Since they banned it in Tish Co last week I will be moving to TN as soon as I can find my family a home up there. This NATURAL tree leaf saved my life and I will not go back to the miserable half existence I had before I found it 8 years ago. We were given no warning and I only even found out because I know a convenience store owner who sold it at his store. I had to dispose of what I had because I can’t risk getting into trouble. Most vendors will not ship to a known banned county so you may run into trouble ordering it online even. I do know of a few who will keep shipping though (and have quality pure kratom) so they are out there. Best bet, if you can, is to move to TN or another state that is not trying to ban it completely. The scary thing is though, like MS, the individual counties can ban it even if the state doesn’t. It is insane!

    • Tracy says:

      This really ticks me off to no end. I took my pain meds as directed, went to same dr for 17 years every 3 months, passed drug tests only to have it taken away. No insurance means I can not afford pain management so kratom was a way to manage my pain. I’ve never abused opioids but I’m being punished. What is the alternative now?

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