Maryland Becomes the 13th State To Pass a KCPA Bill

  •   Posted on: 2024-05-01
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Maryland follows Kentucky’s lead on kratom regulation

  • At the beginning of April, Maryland’s legislature passed H.B. 1229, a Kratom Consumer Protection Act. This marks the 13th state in the US to pass a KCPA bill. 

  • Maryland’s bill will prohibit the sale of kratom to anyone under the age of 21 and requires clear labeling on all kratom products. Before the KCPA becomes a law it must be signed by Maryland’s Governor, Wes Moore. 

  • Maryland’s bill could lead to the adoption of similar regulatory measures in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Currently there is no regulation or ban on kratom in either of those states. 

  • Maryland’s regulatory advancements follow another kratom regulation win recently as Kentucky’s Governor signed a Kratom Consumer Protection Act known as H.B. 293 on April 4th, 2024.

  • Kentucky’s bill includes license requirements to manufacture/sell kratom, prohibits selling kratom to anyone under 21, and places restrictions on ingredients and strains. 

  • The 13 states that have passed a KCPA bill are: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

(Source: The National Law Review)