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Herbal stimulant khat to be banned in UK

3 July 2013 Last updated at 20:32 BST

The government has announced that the herbal stimulant, khat, is to be banned and treated as a class C drug like anabolic steroids and ketamine.

Khat is a plant which is chewed and used in the UK's Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian communities.

The move comes after the government's official drugs adviser concluded that khat should not be banned.

One leading drugs charity says it is "concerned and disappointed" at the government's decision to reject the advice.

Nick Beake reports.