Is Kratom Legal in Tennessee in 2021?

Is kratom legal in Tennessee

The Southeastern state of Tennessee is where Andrew Johnson, Morgan Freeman, and Justin Timberlake were born and Elvis Presley and Martin Luther King died.

The state is also the home of Mountain Dew and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the US.

If you love country music, Nashville or Music City is the best place for you to go. It’s the world’s country music capital.

Confused about kratom legality in Tennessee? You’re not the only person to feel this way. Let’s clarify what the legal status of kratom in Tennessee is.

Is Kratom Legal in Tennessee?

Kratom is legal in Tennessee as long as it’s labeled and in its natural botanical form. This means that pure kratom powder is legal whereas any synthetic versions of it are not. In addition to that, you must be over 21 to buy kratom in Tennessee.

In 2014, the Tennessee officials passed a bill that made several synthetic substances including synthetic kratom illegal. Since then, there was much confusion in the kratom community regarding the status of kratom legality in Tennessee.

In 2017 and 2018, the Tennessee Senate reviewed another bill on controlled substances. Kratom was in it, too, and its supporters were worried that it would be banned.

Luckily, it wasn’t. Therefore, according to the current legislation, kratom powder, kratom capsules containing pure kratom powder, and kratom extracts are legal.

The only two restrictions are:

Only individuals over the age of 21 can buy kratom in Tennessee.

Kratom needs to carry a label with disclaimers. It should state that pregnant and nursing individuals, as well as those under 21, should not use kratom. It should include that kratom should not be used with alcohol and medications and that individuals should consult their physician in case of heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disorder, or other medical condition as well as when taking any medication.

Because of the requests to clarify kratom legality in Tennessee, in 2017, the Attorney General of the state issued a statement that confirmed that pure natural kratom is legal in Tennessee with those two conditions.

New Pending Legislation on Kratom in 2021

While various states across the nation are reviewing the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, Tennessee is doing its own thing.

In February 2021, two new bills emerged (this and this). One of these is a House bill whereas the other is a Senate bill, yet their purpose is the same:

  • to make it legally possible for only kratom retailers to sell kratom,
  • to only allow sales of kratom products in packages that contain from 5 to 7 ounces (approximately 140 -200 grams) of the respective product.

The bill specifies that a kratom retailer is any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or association that is engaged in the business of making sales at kratom retail within the state.

Incompliance with this new legislation would result in a Class A misdemeanor. This is the most serious form of misdemeanors in the state which would lead to 11 months and 29 days of jail time, a fine of $2,500, or both.

While this would still mean that kratom would remain legal across Tennessee, buyers would face more inconveniences when buying kratom. Limited legal amounts of kratom would prevent them from buying kratom in bulk and saving in the process.

Where to Buy Kratom in Tennessee?

One can buy kratom in multiple smoke shops in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and other locations in Tennessee.

Nonetheless, we always recommend that you buy kratom online. By choosing trusted vendors you have a much greater chance of getting strong, high-quality, and lab-tested kratom for the most optimal prices.

To see a U.S. kratom legality map and a more detailed account on whether kratom is legal in other states in the country, please check out this blog post

If you are looking for potent and high-quality kratom, we invite you to take a look at our kratom products. We import raw kratom powder directly from Indonesia. This means that our kratom is fresh and no extra charges for overhead, middleman services, or transportation are added to our products. We also thoroughly test it in a third-party laboratory to ensure the quality and purity of our products.

6 thoughts on “Is Kratom Legal in Tennessee in 2021?

  1. Roche says:

    Mnay online vendor’s state that they will not ship to TN. I believe they are still confused about TN legality. anyway we can spread the word to them that it is OK to ship Kratom into TN?

    • Kraoma says:

      Hello Roche,

      Kratom is legal in Tennessee as long as vendors meet the requirements mentioned in the post.

      If vendors you refer to state that they do not ship to Tennessee, this may indicate that they either do not meet these requirements of that they aren’t on top of their game when it comes to news and regulations in the kratom industry. Or they simply do not care to keep up with the industry. Please be careful whom you buy kratom from.

    • Kevin says:

      As a resident of Tennessee, the age to purchase and possess is 21. However, this law is pretty much ignored and not enforced. Some smoke shops think the age is 16 or 18, and localities also have lower specific age restrictions.

      You can easily obtain it even if you’re under 21 in person. I have never been asked for ID.

      • Kraoma says:

        Thanks for the input, Kevin.

        Unfortunately, businesses like these are doing kratom a disservice and causing issues such as disobeying the law, spreading negative fame and about kratom, and advertising it improperly.

        We would highly advise any buyers to stay away from businesses like this.

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