Peer approve khat ban

Plans to ban Khat, a stimulant popular among Yemeni and Somali communities, have been approved by the House of Lords on 12 May 2014.

Despite cross-party criticism, the government’s Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2014 – which will re-grade the drug as a class-C drug – passed without a vote…Banning the drug, Lady Hamwee told the House, would be akin to banning sugar almonds.

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