People traveling to Hawaii are concerned if the use, purchase, and sale of Kratom is legal in the state. Well, Yes! Kratom use is legal in Hawaii in 2021. However, not to forget that there is some pending legislation work that can change anytime.
Going back to 2018, the state legislators have been working with other law-enforcing authorities and trying to come up with a set of regulatory guidelines for Hawaii citizens to use Kratom responsibly. During this, the law-making agencies introduced changes to the S.B.2826 bill and placed Kratom in the list of substances that were considered for highway safety.
As mentioned in the ACT: Kratom is categorized as a detrimental drug by classifying the two active components in kratom, mitragynine, and 7-hydroxymitragynine, as controlled substances under schedule V.
Well according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration: Schedule V drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics.
After the controversy, the opinion of the general public was heard and then the Office of the Public Defender State of Hawaii sent a letter in opposition to the passage of the house bill which then led to another bill S.B.2826.
Kratom Legislation in Hawaii
As aforementioned, the use of kratom is currently legal in Hawaii but there is still a pending legislation to get the two major alkaloids of kratom listed as Schedule V drugs. The reason behind labeling the kratom alkaloids as Schedule V drug is similar to what FDA and DEA mentioned in the bill.
At this point, it appears that Hawaii lawmakers do not have all the right information about Kratom, and this could lead to inaccurate scheduling of the herb. However, to protect the incorrect scheduling, the American Kratom Association, or AKA, is actively working with lawmakers to adopt Kratom Consumer Protection Act, which will modulate the kratom market and help them from getting banned permanently.
Sale and Purchase of Kratom in Hawaii
Pending the legislation, the sale and purchase of kratom as of now is legal in Hawaii and you can find it locally or online. However, AKA has introduced a Good Manufacturing Practices, or GMP, program for the quality control of all the Kratom products. Anyone selling or manufacturing Kratom products should adhere to these practices. GMP enforces all the manufacturers of Kratom to list all the ingredients clearly on the product.
Especially anyone buying kratom online should make sure that the seller is trusted because Kratom scam is very common in Hawaii. Most of the sellers mix kratom with substances or heavy metals to make more money by selling adulterated products. So, it is advisable to buy it from only GMP-approved dealers.
Buying Kratom Online
If you are ordering kratom from any other state, then you should bear the shipping cost. The shipping may cost you an arm and a leg because delivering to Hawaii requires special freight. In doing so, many people remain concerned over the shipping legality.
People fear that there will be issues if the herb is traveling through the states where it is banned. Well, it is not the case because the final destination of the product matters. If it is legal in Hawaii, then there will be no legal issues for the herb. If the carrier workers are complying with the federal laws, and there are no federal laws banning kratom then the herb will reach its destination safely.
Some tips to help you purchase kratom online
Buying kratom online can be a scam at times because they will guarantee you the product but will end up delivering adulterated products. So be sure to select the seller who is listed or verified by AKA. As there are no official regulators of kratom in the Hawaii market, only AKA is the one that can verify if the vendor is verified and is selling high-quality products.
Here is a list issued by GMP of all the certifies vendors that sell only high quality kratom:
One of the best ways to ensure if the seller is trusted is to go through the reviews. A good seller will have reviews from its customers.
Also make sure to look if the vendor has mentioned about the lab testing of the herb which will ensure that the products are 100% all-natural Mitragyna Speciosa.
It’s a good idea to send the company an email with a few questions and see how much time they take to get back to your queries. If they take up a lot of time and reply with an indirect answer, then most likely the company is not a good one and should not be trusted with the product. Also, you can ask for lab tests of the batch that you have ordered from, to see if the product is free of contamination. If the company ignores your request, then refrain from buying them because they may be selling unauthentic products.