Is Kratom Legal in Michigan?
As of February 2018, kratom and its related products are legal to possess, sell, and distribute in Michigan without restriction. Its legal status of kratom in Michigan is up in the air due because of House Bill 5707, which is discussed below.
House Bill 5707, or HB5707, is a bill that will add Mitragyna speciosa, the alkaloid that is the active ingredient in kratom, to its list of controlled substances. This would effectively make kratom illegal in the state of Michigan. The bill was introduced way back in 2014, and it has yet to pass the House. The wording that includes mention of kratom is as such:
MITRAGYNA SPECIOSA; ALL PARTS OF THE PLANT PRESENTLY CLASSIFIED BOTANICALLY AS MITRAGYNA SPECIOSA, WHETHER GROWING OR NOT; THE LEAVES AND SEEDS OF THAT PLANT; ANY EXTRACT OR RESIN FROM ANY PART OF THAT PLANT; AND EVERY COMPOUND, SALT, DERIVATIVE, MIXTURE, OR PREPARATION OF THAT PLANT OR ITS LEAVES, SEEDS, OR EXTRACTS.
A few change.org petitions to remove kratom from the bill were put forth by Botanical Legal Defense and Kratom Association of America, but each failed to gain enough signatures to garner support. Currently, there are no official protests or petitions enacted by kratom advocates in Michigan.
With pending legislation to ban the leaf in Michigan, kratom faces an uphill battle in the state, and the ineffectiveness of petitions in the state indicates that the advocacy may not be strong enough there to halt the proceedings. Advocates have time to form a movement to prevent a kratom ban in Michigan, because the sponsor of HB5707, Democratic Senator George Darany, retired in 2017.
Where To Buy Kratom In Michigan
Kratom is often found locally at smoke shops around the country. Occasionally it can be found in a herb store and gas stations as well. However, the best place to buy kratom in Michigan is actually on the internet. Smoke shop kratom is typically quite overpriced and the quality of the kratom is very hit or miss. Higher quality kratom at a better price can easily be found online. This does not mean that you cannot purchase subpar kratom online, you definitely can, but overall the majority of online kratom vendors provide better kratom at a better price than what can be found in your local area. As long as you purchase your kratom from a reputable vendor, you will likely be very happy with your purchase.