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Latest update on implementing the khat ban

On 03/07/2013 the Home Secretary announced that the herbal stimulant ‘khat’, predominantly used by East African communities, would become a classified Class C Controlled Drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

The Home Office has announced that the herbal stimulant khat will become a class-C controlled substance on 24th June 2014

UK Police Services recognise the long tradition of use within East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula communities. Since the decision to classify khat was announced by the Home Secretary last year, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been working with key community groups, such as the Council of Somali Organisations to coordinate its response, ensure that people in localities where khat use is prevalent are aware of the change in law, the police approach and support available to them.

British Somalis brace for khat ban

When Britain bans the herbal stimulant khat, Mohamod Ahmed Mohamed will lose his livelihood. But he fears most for his small Somali community without the leaf that fuels its social life.
“I can switch to another business, but what about the youth, where are they going to go — the street, the mosque, to hard drugs?” he said at his khat warehouse near London’s Heathrow Airport. “You are taking away their freedom. Why target us? You will never find somebody falling over on the street or fighting from khat like they do when they are drunk.”

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