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England Bans Herbal Stimulant Qat

The home secretary, Theresa May, has defied her own expert advisers and banned qat, a mild herbal stimulant that is traditionally used by Britain's Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian communities.

May said it would become a class C drug and warned that since the majority of other north European states had already banned the herb there was a serious risk that Britain could become a "single, regional hub" for its illegal onward trafficking.

The home secretary added that the penalties for personal possession would escalate in a similar way to those for cannabis, with a warning issued for a first-time offence leading to arrest and prosecution for persistent users.

Source: The Guardian. Read full article. (link)

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  • MasterDarque||

    they have just created a crime wave in England

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Khat has been banned in the US since 1993, even though it is less harmful to the body than coffee.

  • Brandybuck||

    Ah yes, the enlightened and progressive Europeans...