Australian police seize kava

By enquirewithin · Feb 10, 2009 · ·
  1. enquirewithin
    About 60 kilograms of kava, an intoxicating drink from the Pacific Islands, has been seized by police on a flight to a remote Arnhem Land community.
    The flight was intercepted at Millingimbi, east of Darwin.

    Inside the plane, police allegedly discovering about 60 kilograms of Kava - worth about $50,000 - hidden in a number of small suitcases.

    They arrested a 36-year-old man and charged him with possessing a commercial quantity of kava. He was bailed to appear in the Darwin Magistrates Court on March 4.

    Kava was introduced into Arnhem Land in the 1980s as an alternative to alcohol, but it has been officially banned from Aboriginal communities as part of the government's intervention to combat child sexual abuse.

    Made from the crushed root of a pepper plant mixed with water, kava can cause weight loss, malnutrition, liver damage, hypertension and skin disorders when consumed in large quantities.

    9:09PM Thursday February 05, 2009--Source: AAP

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  1. DXMBunny
    wow a drug which in all of swims opinion is weaker than alcohol...and barely much stronger than coffee... about equal to a night of no sleep...might as well just ban water cause withdrawal of that can make you lose yourself...

    swim is just so confused on how something so hardly hurtful can put someone away...

    like throwing someone in jail for picking up a stick because you could if you tried hard enough kill someone with it...

    stupid just stupid

    God is laughing at us when he gave us all this amazing alterants and we are refusing to accept them... wtf
  2. Herbal Healer 019
    Oh no, KAVA!!!!:eek:

    I hope that otherwise law abiding citezen gets the death penalty for his decision to use something other than alcohol or tobacco to alter his conciousness...Off with his head!!
  3. doggy_hat
    Of all of the propaganda I've read in my life, I'm tempted to say that this is the most rediculous. Kava causes child sexual abuse? This is garbage and it's an atrocity that people were robbed(excuse me, taxed) and had their money used to fund bullshit like this. And it's even worse of an atrocity that many people, when they see this in the paper or on the news, are going to believe it. Banning Kava doesn't combat child rapists, it combats nonwhite culture.
  4. enquirewithin
    Well spotted. The problems with the Aboriginals are well known. They had their country stolen from them and their traditional way of life destroyed. Alcohol, which they had never encountered before white people introduced it to them, is not something they can deal with. (Perhaps kava would be a better alternative?)

    Alchohol could be a factor in increasing child abuse, possibly, but why kava?

    It's much easier to legislate against drugs than try to solve social problems.
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