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Drugs: Khat

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering classifying khat as a controlled substance, following the report in the Guardian on 11 May. [HL3746]

Pursuant to our commitment in the Government's 2008 Drug Strategy Action Plan, we are currently updating our understanding of the individual and social harms caused by khat use, the needs of khat users and their families, and its impact on the UK Somali, Ethiopian and Yemeni communities. Following the outcome of this research work, we will reconsider our position on the control of khat under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.