MPs have raised concerns that outlawing it could drive the trade into the hands of al-Shabaab.
The Government, however, had feared Britain was out of step with similar bans in Europe.
Khat was widely perceived to be a food, not a drug, and as harmless, or even beneficial, to the user’s health.
Many users reported discontinuation effects such as lethargy, sleep disturbances and mood problems after sessions of heavy khat use, and some reported self-medicating with alcohol to cope with such problems.
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Mr Fatah, 38, unemployed, who suffers from depression, says he has been an “addict” for the past 20 years, spending around £9 day on three bundles which he buys from a local shop.“Plenty of people chew it. It is estimated that 10,000 bunches of khat are flown in from Kenya to London four times each week. This is the last time,” shouts one women good-naturedly as she walks across the gardens.Khat use was reported to be common among the Somali community, and more common among men than women.Khat was usually chewed in prolonged sessions, producing mild psychostimulant effects such as increased energy, enhanced mood, reduced appetite and reduced sleep.Known as "Najma", the woman reported to police that two Nauruan men had dragged her into the bushes and raped her.She said it took the Nauruan police four hours to arrive.