Is Kratom Legal in Colorado?

05 Jun, 2024 Legality 0 Hit: 35

Kratom, a botanical substance derived from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree, has had a relatively stable legal status in Colorado. Unlike some other states, Colorado has not enacted state-wide bans on kratom. However, there have been local restrictions; for example, Denver banned the sale of kratom for human consumption in 2017. Despite these local ordinances, kratom remains legal at the state level, allowing it to be purchased and used by adults. As the national conversation on kratom's safety and efficacy continues, Colorado's stance reflects a balance between regulation and accessibility.

Colorado, known for its stunning Rocky Mountain landscapes and vibrant outdoor culture, is a state that embraces both nature and progressive policies. Denver, its capital, is a bustling metropolis with a rich cultural scene. Colorado made headlines in 2012 when it became one of the first states in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis through Amendment 64. Since then, the state has seen significant economic benefits from cannabis sales, with revenue supporting public health, education, and infrastructure projects. The state's approach to cannabis legalization has been a model for others considering similar measures, balancing regulation with freedom.

Kratom is currently legal in the state of Colorado, with some exceptions: The cities of Parker and Monument have banned it completely while the city of Denver has restricted its labeling to “not suitable for human consumption”.

In November, 2017, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment “restricted the sale or service of kratom for human consumption in Denver“. Therefore, any Kratom sellers need to label their product as not suitable for human consumption and information regarding the potential dangers of Kratom must be included as well. Recommendations or indications on how to use Kratom are also illegal.

Kratom can be bought in vaping, smoke and herbs stores in main cities in Colorado.

In 2019, guided by the FDA reports, the cities of Parker and Monument passed ordinances banning Kratom retail, with fines reaching $500 in Parker.

On May 26, 2022, SB120 entitled “Regulation Of Kratom Processors” was signed into law. It regulates the manufacture and sales of kratom products to those over 21 only, pursuant to a feasibility report on regulating kratom by the Executive Director to the Colorado General Assembly. The report was published in January 2023 and suggested strict rules on the sale of kratom.

In 2023 a bill that would require all kratom products to be tested and registered with the Department of Revenue was introduced, but failed.

Therefore kratom remains legal in the state for those over 21, but state regulation of the plant remains in limbo, and up to the town councils.

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