Is Kratom Legal in California?
California is one of the largest states in the US and the most populated. It is well known for being a forward-thinking state and it was the first to legalize medical cannabis in 1996.
California voters approved Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), in November 2016. This legislation legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older.
As one could expect, Kratom is currently legal in the state of California, with the exception of the city of San Diego.
Since June 2016, the City Council of San Diego ruled on banning Kratom as well as spice, bath salts, and other synthetic and psychoactive substances. The ban prohibits possession, sale, manufacture, and distribution of Kratom and it only applies to the City limits, not to the whole of San Diego County.
That same year, the city of Oceanside, 39 miles North of San Diego, also criminalized the sale and possession of kratom.
Kratom is legal everywhere else in California. No attempts at statewide regulation or prohibition have been made thus far.
Stanford University School of Medicine published a study in 2023 that found "widespread availability in tobacco specialty shops", however, due to quality concerns, most Californians purchase their kratom online.