Kava world legality taken from Erowid + random sources.
Kava is legal to possess & sell in Australia, but it is illegal to import into Australia without a license, it is "Schedule IV" in the import laws
Britain has banned the sale of all medicines containing kava extracts. We believe raw root powder is still legal for sale, but we aren't sure. It also appears that kava is now banned for import or sale for the purpose of ingestion (internal use): Statutory Instrument 2002 No.3170 : The Medicines for Human Use (Kava-kava
) (prohibition) Order 2002 :The Stationery Office Ltd , UK Government E1856 12/02
Canada's federal government agency, Health Canada, issued a stop order blocking the sales of kava products for human consumption in all of canada in August, 2002. As of this ruling, all products containing kava including drinks, supplements, etc have been banned in Canada.
Kava is widely available in Europe but some countries regulate its sale.
Ethiopia: Kava products available with no age limit. unverified
France: Kava supplements and products banned for sale (Seeking Reference). Reportedly, Piper methysticum is still available from herbalists.
After a handful of deaths have been reported from kava-related liver failure, Germany is considering legislation to more tightly regulate its sale.
Netherlands: Kava-containing products have been banned for general sale since jan 01 2003. (unconfirmed but reported by resident) //note: Really? wouldn't have thought that.
New Zealand: Kava-containing supplements sold at grocery stores. (unconfirmed but reported by resident)
Norway: Kava supplements and products are not specifically controlled in Norway, but we have been told that the national health council considers it a prescription drug
(available only from a pharmacy) based on it's use as a psychoactive
Switzerland: Laitan, a kavalactone pharmaceutical sold in pharmacies in Europe has been banned for sale in Switzerland
All US GNC stores were instructed to stop selling Kava Kava in December 2002.
Wikipedia: Regulatory drug agencies in France and Switzerland have outlawed kava completely.
Thats all I can find as of now, if SWIANYONE knows more or otherwise let SWIUS know.