http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...28/ai_3243709/Ginseng still grows wild in Appalachia and many other areas,and is collected by mountain folk for pin money, although since 1978 the collection of wild ginseng has been regulated. IT is considered endangered in ten states (Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and South Dakota) and threatened in 16 others. In only six of the 33 states where it has been found growing natively is it still considered common in the forests (Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland and Minnesota). Rhode Island authorities suggest that it may be extinct in the state.
this was the only thing i could find.nuth'n about being illegal.but i would check just in case.