Kratom is illegal / banned in Australia, Finland, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand (these countries impose sever penalties for possession of the herb if arrested). Kratom is legal in most other countries, including the United States and all of Europe. The Legal status can and does change, so be sure the legality of kratom where you live before using it.
A handful of people in Malaysia and possibly other countries are lobbying their governments to allow medical research into kratom as a potential prescription substance. However as of January 2007, Malaysia is moving to make kratom more illegal rather than less, and plans to reclassify it under the dangerous drugs law rather than the less severe poisonous substances laws.
Although kratom is un-scheduled, and completely legal, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has become aware of kratom in recent months, and has added it to their list of "Drugs and Chemicals of Concern". The DEA released an article on Kratom that can be found in our news section. Lets hope this dosent progress any further.
Ironically Kratom is banned in the country it originated from. Thailand's national and indigenous kratom plant or trees was prohibited by law on August 3rd, 1943 (Kratom Act 2486). The law makes planting the tree illegal and requires all existing kratom trees to be cut down. This law is impossible to enforce and has proven not effective. Today, in Thailand, Kratom is classed in the same category as cocaine and heroin by Thai Law. As little as an ounce of extract is punishable by death. As with prohibition laws elsewhere in the world, this has succeeded only at increasing black market prices. Also the related species, Mitragyna javanica, is often used as a substitute to get around the law. This strain is not considered as effective.