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    • 6.25.14

      The UK Khat Ban Is Impacting African Farmers

      Last year, I had the chance to visit a khat farm in Kenya—a peaceful place most of the time—where the khat was bundled into high-speed pickup trucks and driven into Nairobi for international distribution. But at midnight last Tuesday, the edible herb...

    • 6.24.14

      Ban on Herbal Stimulant Khat Could Cause Ripples Across UK

      In a move that has stunned liberals and defied the recommendation of the British government’s own advisory council, khat is now illegal.

    • 6.24.14

      It's Raining Khat in California

      According to DEA documents obtained by Motherboard, seizures of the leafy African stimulant skyrocketed on the West Coast in 2013, after a decade without a single bust. What gives?

    • 3.25.14

      Yemeni Plaster Workers are High on Khat

      The Yemeni plaster workers tasked with preserving Sanaa's architectural history are high on khat.

    • 1.23.14

      Khat Power

      Khat is a chewable herbal stimulant, popular among the UK's Somali and Yemeni communities. Despite there being little or no evidence that the drug causes harm to its users, the British government is working to outlaw khat.

    • 8.8.13

      My Time with One of Somaliland’s Khat Kingpins

      Khat is a longstanding part of Somali culture, and people familiar with the plant in Yemen and Ethiopia jump to defend it as a recreational social lubricant. But it’s not so benign in Somaliland anymore. Ethiopian growers flood the market, realizing...