Denver is the most popular city and the capital of the state of Colorado. It is known for its outdoor adventures and all sorts of other tourist attractions.
But is the miraculous herb of Mitragyna Speciosa legal in the state’s capital? The answer to this question is both yes, and no. The details of this double-faced answer will be shortly revealed to you.
Kratom is a miraculous herb that grows in its native regions of Southeast Asia. The leaves of this plant have medicinal properties, as claimed by the consumers. This is mainly because of the alkaloids present in those special leaves.
If you live in the state of Colorado, you are free to distribute and consume the products of this herb. So why are the same rules not applicable for Denver, considering it is the state’s capital?
This is due to an unfortunate turn of events that happened in the year 2017. Let’s dig deep into this topic and know about the details regarding the position of Kratom in Denver.
The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is an organization that, along with the Denver Public Health (DPH), has the responsibility of providing quality care and health to the people of the city. And as per their responsibility, they decided to ban the usage of Kratom in Denver in the year 2017.
This is the year when the Kratom community faced a major hit in the city. Numerous people depended on the herb;
- To relieve their pains or body aches
- To calm their mind and moods
- To get through the process of their withdrawal
But, all of this went in vain when the herb was banned for human consumption in the capital. The DPH took this decision when the FDA issued a public warning saying not to consume Kratom.
They stated that any item that is sold in the city should come under the umbrella of consumable products. And since Kratom is now no longer considered suitable for human consumption by the FDA, the herb should not be used by anyone that resides in the city.
Castle Rock is a municipality within Denver’s metropolitan area. When the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) banned the use of Kratom, it faced a major backlash from the Colorado Libertarian Party.
Initially, in the year 2018, the sales of the herb were temporarily banned. This decision lasted for 6 months. Then the council of Castle Rock decided in 2019 that the sales and use of the herb were legal in this region.
The only people that were an exception in this decision were the minors (those under the age of 18).
As far as the distribution of Kratom in Denver is concerned, it is permitted. The reason why the distribution was allowed is that Kratom is sold for non-consumable uses as well.
These include aromatherapy and soap-making. Due to these purposes, the sale of the herb was not banned in the city.
For anyone that wanted to make sales of the herb, they had to write a specific set of instructions on the packet. This included the following:
- An advisory for the consumer in large and bold fonts that says it is not for human consumption
- Continuing this advisory, all the harmful effects of the herb are to be mentioned on the packaging
- No guidance for dosage or consumption should be provided on it.
Every Kratom enthusiast knows how effortlessly the AKA is working to regulate the use of Kratom in almost every state of the U.S. This organization is responsible for creating guidelines that ensure the optimal quality of the herb’s products.
Ever since the herb was banned in the city of Denver, the AKA has been working with lawmakers to overturn this decision. They have succeeded in overturning the laws against Kratom in Castle Rock.
The AKA is working with the Colorado Libertarian Party (CLA) to legalize the use of the special herb in Denver as well.
When Kratom in Denver was banned, it was said that the city took two steps backward. The major reason behind this statement is that Kratom has a significantly low potential for addiction and abuse.
When herbs like these are banned, the cases regarding the abuse of other harmful drugs come on the rise. This majorly contributes to the increasing number of deaths and overdose cases. Drugs like Kratom tend to help in the withdrawal processes of such substances.
As for now, if you live in the city, you can go to other places like Castle Rock to buy and consume your Kratom. Since the products are banned for consumption in Denver, you can not get them shipped to your home address until and unless the labeling is correct.
You can find the herb easily outside of Denver. Following is a list of available shops outside of Denver:
- Clean Kratom
- Headed West
- Mile High Botanicals
- Royal Pipes and Hookahs
- Smash Glass and Vape
- Quality Pipes and Tobacco
- Colorado Kratom Connection
- Laughing Lion Herbs- Castle Rock
- GoodFellas Smoke Shop
- Smoker Friendly
There are a lot of states that have still banned the use of the herb. This is mainly because of the lack of knowledge and scientific research on the plant itself.
Since there have been a lot of cases regarding drug abuse in the past, the officials of these states think that Kratom might be another addition to this list of potentially addictive drugs. Until and unless there is enough evidence gathered up in favor of Kratom, the decision regarding its legality still hangs in the balance.
Whether it is the city of Denver or San Diego, the only way to overturn these bans is by creating laws in favor of the herb. This can be done by regulating the use of the herb, primarily by the FDA.