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Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois and is the third most populated city in the entire United States. While local governments have the power to ban kratom within their territory, states have the power to implement a statewide ban extending to all cities and counties within the boundaries of its territory. As of February 2020 kratom is legal and accessible to adults in Illinois unless you reside or are staying in Jerseyville or Alton. Both cities have banned the possession of kratom. On February 13, 2014, a House Bill was introduced and on August 18, 2014 the Bill, referred to as the Kratom Control Act, passed. This Bill came into effect on January 1, 2015 and provides that kratom sale to or possession by minors (people under the age of 18 years old) is prohibited. Anyone in violation of this Bill is subject to a class B misdemeanor in which the offender can face penalties of no less than $500 and up to $1,500. That is the only restriction the state of Illinois has put on kratom products.
If all you wanted to know was whether kratom is legal in Illinois today, as of February 12, 2020, then the answer is yes. This law still applies. As long as you are over 18 years of age, then you are within your legal rights to purchase kratom in Illinois, unless you reside in Jerseyville, Alton and now Edwardsville has been added to the list.
If you are under 18 and would like to know what the law means when they refer to kratom, the definition they provided is “any parts of the plant Mitragyna speciosa, whether growing or not, and any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of that plant.” In other words, anything containing kratom is considered kratom. In fact, there are currently several retail stores operating in CHI who sell kratom out of brick and mortar stores and boutiques so if you’re looking to buy kratom locally in Chicago, try searching “buy kratom in Chicago” on Google for the list of stores.
It seems like every day there is a new Bill passed to change the laws regulating kratom in the USA. On October 3rd 2017, state Rep Katie Stuart, introduced House Bill 4106 which aimed to amend the current law by prohibiting the sale and possession of kratom to ALL people in Illinois, adults and minors alike. On January 8, 2019, this Bill died and kratom sale to, and possession by, adults, remained legal. In that same year Jerseyville decided to pass a Bill banning kratom within its territory. A year later, Alton followed suite and too passed a law to ban kratom within its territory.
As a state that has known limited public resources, spending it to make kratom illegal seems like an unjustified use of that scarce budget. By taking away the freedom from law abiding citizens to buy kratom in Illinois legally, a series of unintended consequences may result: for example, the formation of a black-market and an increase in crime. Fortunately, the amendment was not passed and so they can focus their resources on more useful things for their citizens.
On February 6, 2020, the Kratom Consumer Protection Act was introduced to regulate kratom in Illinois. If passed, it would require kratom vendors to keep up with the CGMP guidelines. Only time will tell what the kratom landscape will look like in the future.
Are you looking for a kratom vendor in Chicago? Mountkratom is an online store that specializes in kratom products and operates out of Brooklyn, NY. Our kratom is sold across the U.S and offers same day shipping to ensure fast delivery. We stock over 10 strains at a time and offer our products in the form of powder, capsules and extract. We offer different bundling options which enable you to try several strains, regardless of how much you want to order. Instead of having to buy, for example: one ounce of white maeng da; 100g of super green Malaysia and 100g of red vein bali, you can purchase one of our varieties and save yourself some money without giving up the variety of strains.
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