Your mileage may vary. I find kratom WAY more addictive than marijuana (mentally as well as physically). I have weed and rarely use it, I haven't bought it in like 6 months and still have some. Every time I dose kratom once, I fall back into multiple times a day dosing and full blown addiction. Not everyone is going to be like me, plenty of people use kratom responsibly, but to anyone else reading this, I wouldn't take this opinion as a sign that kratom is safer than weed.
I still don't think kratom should be banned though, because it's much safer than other opiates and it has saved many peoples' lives and continues to do so. If kratom is banned a lot of people will turn back to other opiates. It would be insane to ban kratom given the opioid problem we have.
Well, a lot of people (myself included) are like that with weed. If we have weed we tend to smoke it.
I'm not really disagreeing with you in the sense that kratom is an opioid and is quite addictive and more physically addictive than marijuana for sure. However, if you look at society today I would argue there are far more daily cannabis users than daily kratom users. I would argue that cannabis is having a negative effect on the lives and emotional development of far more teens and young adults today than kratom is.
Of course partly this is due to cannabis being more popular but given that kratom is legal and has been around long enough now that most young people with any interest in drugs know about it and there is no huge stigma about it keeping people away from it, why is cannabis so much popular?
My overall point is that I see cannabis as a greater threat to the health of young people today than kratom. It's amazing how many young people I see today smoking weed every day and even taking dabs like it's just a normal thing to smoke weed/ dab every day. Personally I don't think it's normal or healthy and I think there is a greater risk for heavy marijuana use effecting emotional and psychological development.
That's not to downplay the risks of kratom, but like I said I don't think young people are abusing kratom to anywhere near the level they are abusing cannabis right now, hence the irony of the increasing legalization and promotion of cannabis while simultaneously banning kratom. If I get in my car I can't drive more than 5 miles without passing a billboard advertising legal cannabis. When I walk in the woods I find empty cannabis containers. If I ride my bike downtown I smell marijuana smoke. It didn't used to be like that, even 10 years ago it wasn't the norm to smell marijuana smoke in public on a regular bases.