You can possess kava in the Northern Territory (NT) if the amount is less than two kilograms.

Kava: what’s not legal

You cannot possess kava in amounts of more than two kilograms.

It is also illegal to import and sell kava in the NT. Read the Kava Management Act 1998.

When kava is used

Kava comes from the root of the pepper plant piper methysticum.

It is used in traditional ceremonies and for social occasions in many places in the Pacific Islands.

In the NT, Indigenous people make a kava drink by mixing the dry, powdered root with water.

The strength of the kava varies greatly on the plant form and how it is prepared.

Last updated: 15 December 2016

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