Arkansas was the 25th state, and it’s currently home to more than 8 million people. Tourists flock to The Natural State in hopes of making a big discovery at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. It’s no wonder that this rare diamond field calls to people. After all, a massive 40.23-carat gem is one of the more than 30,000 diamonds found here.
Unfortunately, Arkansas residents and visitors cannot legally buy, sell, or possess any quantity of Kratom. In other words, if you’re headed to Diamonds State Park or any other local attraction, it’s not wise to have any Mitragyna speciosa with you.
As of this writing, there are only five other states with a Kratom ban on the books. But Arkansas residents weren’t always forbidden from owning Mitragyna speciosa. The contentious law banning this natural substance went into effect in October 2015.
False information led to the demonization of Kratom by Arkansas lawmakers. It’s currently listed as a Schedule I drug on the state’s controlled substances list. A statement by one doctor was all it took to rob millions of people from Kratom access.
The doctor in question alleged that Mitragyna speciosa’s primary alkaloids are opium derivatives. The truth, though, is that mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are actually Kratom derivatives. There’s a very important distinction here as Kratom is part of the coffee family. Opium derivatives come from the opium poppy.
Activists haven’t stopped fighting to overturn the state’s ban on Kratom. A variety of petitions and social media pages have launched since 2015. Residents of Arkansas who want Mitragyna speciosa to become legal again should contact their local and state representatives.
Overturning a ban isn’t easy, but it’s also not impossible. Nothing will happen unless enough citizens get involved, so reach out to your representatives today.
There are still Kratom vendors shipping to banned states such as Arkansas, but keep in mind that buying, selling, or possessing Kratom in Arkansas is a felony. Depending on the amount of Mitragyna speciosa a person has, they may face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine.
If you’re caught with 2 grams or more and have the misfortune of being within 1,000 feet of certain facilities, a judge can tack on 10 more years of prison time. These facilities include, but are not limited to, parks, school bus stops, places of worship, daycare centers, video arcades, and public housing projects.
In total, anyone who owns, sells, or buys Kratom in Arkansas risks up to 30 years in prison.
With such harsh penalties in place for simply owning a natural substance, it’s really not worth it to look for vendors that ship Kratom to banned states. Some Arkansas residents cross the border into Oklahoma to buy Kratom, but you’re taking a big risk if you bring it back with you.
Instead of risking prison, it’s better joining Arkansas Kratom activist movements. Be sure to check out the Kratom Advocacy Toolkit for ideas.