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Netherlands bans drug khat

The Dutch government has announced that it will ban the use of the mild narcotic khat.

It is a leaf-based drug that, when chewed, releases juices that act as natural stimulants and is popular with the Somali community.

The Netherlands is used as a hub to transport khat imported from the Horn of Africa to other European countries.

There are concerns that the drug can cause psychosis or bring on schizophrenia.

The Dutch government has been clamping down on the sale of the soft drugs cannabis and hash since 2007 because of gang-related crime and concern about the risk to health.