Oklahoma is the 46th state of the United States and home to almost 4 million people. It has the second largest population of Native Americans as well as the largest bald eagle population in the country. Its capital, Oklahoma City, is famous for its cowboy culture.
The name of the state literally signifies “red people” in Choctaw, one of the Native American languages.
Oklahoma experiences many earthquakes. In fact, it has more earthquakes than any other place in the world.
How about the legal status of kratom in Oklahoma? Let’s take a look.
Is Kratom Legal in Oklahoma?
Kratom is legal in the state of Oklahoma. In 2014, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics proposed a bill to ban kratom. However, because of a successful petition signed by many kratom supporters, it did not succeed. In 2021, Oklahoma is reviewing the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.
Intents to Ban Kratom
Back in 2014, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics expressed its strong interest in banning kratom. A bill to amend the controlled substances in Schedule I, II, and IV was proposed.
One of the main arguments for banning kratom was that it was illegal in Thailand, its country of origin. A representative of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics claimed that kratom is not legal in Thailand because of “the problems they’ve seen”.
In actuality, that’s an inaccuracy and misrepresentation of kratom. Thailand did not ban kratom because of the problems they’ve seen with its properties. Instead, kratom was banned in Thailand in 1943 because it interfered with the sales of opium during World War II.
The demand and the prices of opium had increased and the Thai government was getting revenue from the opium taxes. Kratom, however, was fairly inexpensive. It also caused no hospital visits. Banning kratom (and cannabis along with it) was a way for the Thai government to seize the opium market.
Another proof for the fact that Thailand didn’t ban kratom because of the problems it caused is that it chose to legalize kratom and medical marijuana for medicinal purposes in late 2018.
The bill listed various synthetically manufactured substances and included mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine among them.
Kratom supporters started a petition which aimed to exclude kratom from the list. The petition gathered over 1000 signatures and, eventually, the authorities removed kratom from the bill.
Oklahoma Kratom Consumer Protection Act
In February 2020, sponsors introduced a bill to regulate kratom in Oklahoma. The bill, called the Oklahoma Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA), intended to provide buyers with safer access to the herb.
The bill initially received positive feedback. In two house readings, Oklahoma legislators almost unanimously voted in its favor. However, after being referred to the senate and then to the Health and Human Services Committee in March 2020, it eventually died.
In early 2021, a new bill was introduced aiming to regulate kratom. Contrary to the previous bill aiming to accomplish the same, this bill has successfully passed three House hearings and has been referred to Senate.
- it would be illegal to mix or adulterate kratom with other substances, especially illegal, dangerous, poisonous, and scheduled ones,
- kratom products would require labeling,
- the law would prohibit vendors from selling products containing synthetic alkaloids or products with more than 2% of 7-hydroxymitragynine of the total alkaloid content.
- vendors would only sell kratom to individuals above the age of 18,
- vendors will need to place labels on all products with information or QR code leading to their website where the following can be found: list of ingredients and their origin, amount of alkaloids present, prohibition and precautionary statements, as well as the name and mailing address or the primary responsible person,
- violating this law would result in a misdemeanor and jail time of up to 1 year or a fine of up to $1,000.
Where to Buy Kratom in Oklahoma?
Since kratom is legal in Oklahoma, a number of smoke, vape, and herb shops in the state offer kratom for sale.
Nonetheless, due to the failed KPCS bill, the state does not regulate the herb, and risks of buying contaminated or adulterated kratom products remain. Therefore, the most optimal way to buy kratom that is pure, high-quality, and lab-tested isn’t through these. So, we recommend that you buy kratom online from trustworthy vendors.
For more information on kratom legality across the United States as well as the most recent kratom legality map, you can view this post on our blog.