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New York Kratom Laws | Is it Legal? | Triumph Botanicals

By Triumph Botanicals   |   October 22, 2019

Is Kratom Legal In New York?

Kratom laws in New York have had an interesting history. There have been lawmakers who wanted to ban it for some people and some who have wanted to ban it for all. The plant hasn’t actually made a lot of headlines in the state though. Many of the laws went largely unnoticed, except for a few die-hard enthusiasts in the state. 

This lack of awareness may explain why many of the laws haven’t actually gone very far in committee. It’s unclear what the driving actions are, but attempts to ban or regulate kratom have had a difficult time getting off the ground in New York. 

If you want to learn more about the kratom laws in New York, it’s worth understanding more than just the legality in question today. It is important to learn more about how decisions are made and what the future of kratom may look like. 

Classification of Kratom in New York

Kratom is not currently classified as an illegal substance in New York. There are also no specific laws against making, selling, or using kratom for anyone within the state. This may be because there are no federal laws banning the use of kratom. 

New York Kratom Legislation

There has been no kratom related legislation introduced in the state that has been formerly passed into law. However, there have been two bills that were proposed that died in committee. 

One was introduced in 2017 called  NY S06924. This bill would have prohibited anyone under the age of 18 from using any part of the kratom plant. Anyone caught selling or providing kratom to minors would have been cited with a civil penalty for up to $500. This bill was referred to the health committee. (Assembly Bill 8787 was the same legislation as NY S06924.) It officially died with 25% progression.

There was also another bill introduced in committee in 2017 called Assembly Bill 231, but this one was set to ban the use and sale of kratom entirely. Again, this bill made it through a quarter of the way in terms of progression before dying in committee in 2018. This bill was referred to economic development rather than the health committee. 

Is kratom iegal in New York? The answer is yes throughout the state. There are currently no cities in which it is prohibited to buy, sell, or own kratom. 

Buying and Shipping Kratom in New York

Because New York kratom laws do not prohibit buying, you should feel safe acquiring the plant in your state. When it comes to shipping kratom, it’s worth remembering that kratom is legal at both the federal and state level, so you shouldn’t have any problems with your package being delivered. 

However, those busy Googling for ‘buying kratom in New York’ may want to consider just what it means to purchase a plant that is largely unregulated. While many sellers are providing a safe and effective plant, others are trying to make a quick buck however they can. To prevent this from happening to you, it helps to choose a seller that has earned their reputation in the kratom community. 

Finally, some people have anecdotally reported that their packages were intercepted if they happened to pass through states that had banned kratom.For instance, if a USPS worker is aware that kratom is banned in Alabama and your package makes a stop there, they may choose to stop and investigate your package before it reaches you in New York. 

These reports are few and far between and mainly from several years ago. This is likely because federal and UPS employees alike were reminded that they are meant to follow federal law only.  

Kratom Advocacy 

New York kratom laws are, in part, influenced by more than just the lawmakers. Even though it’s the legislators who have the last say, it’s clear that advocates for kratom have seen success in influencing how legislators see the plant and how they vote on proposed bills. 

One such group that has seen success in their efforts across the country is the American Kratom Association (AKA). As of now, the AKA continues to monitor the situation in New York. Considering there has been some movement toward banning kratom at some level, it’s likely that additional legislation will be introduced in the near future. 

Because these laws haven’t made it very far out of committee though, there may not be much to be done in the state. With other regions, the AKA has made drastic efforts to get the word out. In New York though, the opponents haven’t appeared to have made much headway. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has stated that kratom acts in a similar manner to opioids. Both substances have the ability to act upon the same receptors in the brain to soothe pain and promote relaxation. So kratom powder New York may be able to provide similar benefits to that of opioids.

However, kratom has been safely used for centuries in its native countries and there have been no known deaths from pure kratom. 


For more information on kratom laws across the country, check out our Kratom Legality Map


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Adminstration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 


New York state has seen relatively fewer prescription-related deaths. This is likely due to providers prescribing far less than the national average. Instead of 58.7 opioids per 100 people, providers only wrote 37.8 prescriptions for every 100 people. 

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