Georgia and California Advance Kratom Legislation

  •   Posted on: 2024-06-03
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Georgia signs in HB 181, California considers AB 2365.

  • In the beginning of May, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 181 into law. Kratom World previously reported on the potential for this bill in April. 

  • Georgia’s law takes effect on January 1st, 2025. It will raise the consumer age from 18 to 21 and require kratom products to be kept behind a display area/counter so that only employees may access the products. It also requires more strict labeling and limits the concentration of certain chemical components.

  • Violators of this law can face misdemeanors and fines. Retailers who knowingly or negligently violate the labeling and chemical requirements may face hefty fines (up to $100,000) and felony charges.

  • One shortcoming of this new bill is that it doesn’t appoint a state agency to ensure that kratom companies comply with the regulations. This may cause hesitancy among retailers to sell products in Georgia without such quality checks. The American Kratom Association is hoping to work with Georgia legislators during the next session to address these issues. 

  • California is also considering kratom legislation. Currently, it is legal without any restrictions statewide except for in the cities of San Diego, Newport Beach, and Oceanside. 

  • California’s proposed kratom regulation falls under Assembly Bill 2365. It would require regulation of the chemical components, labeling, habit-forming warnings, and prohibit sales to anyone under the age of 21. It would also require all kratom products to be registered with the Department of Public Health. 

  • Kratom proponents are encouraging steps toward regulation in California as it will protect consumers from potential risks such as the misuse of a high-potency, unregulated product.

(Source: AP News and LA Times)