U.S. FEDERAL LAW #
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U.S. FEDERAL LEGAL SUMMARY
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Ginseng (Panax spp) is uncontrolled in the United States. This means all parts of the plant and its extracts are legal to cultivate, buy, possess, and distribute (sell, trade or give) without a license or prescription. If sold as a supplement, sales must conform to U.S. supplement laws. If sold for consumption as a food or drug, sales are regulated by the FDA.
U.S. STATE LAW #
Illinois requires a license to pick and grow Ginseng. See Illinois Ginseng Conservation Law and Regulations: "This law requires licensing and regulation of persons engaged in harvesting or digging wild ginseng or cultivating ginseng in Illinois. It also requires licensing and regulation of dealers involved in the purchase of ginseng in or originating from Illinois." (thanks SSL) (last updated Jun 2007)
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INTERNATIONAL LAW #
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CAUTION & DISCLAIMER #
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