Legal Regulation of the Drug Khat in Australia

Journal of Law and Medicine, 18 2: 284-301, 2010

Posted: 19 Jun 2015

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Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Merali Pedder

Independent

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The plant Catha edulis, known more commonly as khat, has been consumed for centuries for its stimulatory effects, especially by people living in East Africa. As people from Somalia, Ethiopia and other East African countries have migrated to Australia, they have brought with them the practice of chewing khat. This article examines the claims made about the effects of khat on health and wellbeing and explores the approaches to the regulation of khat in Australia and overseas. The article concludes with a discussion of some of the concerns associated with current regulatory approaches and makes some suggestions for reform.

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Heather and Pedder, Merali, Legal Regulation of the Drug Khat in Australia (2010). Journal of Law and Medicine, 18 2: 284-301, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2620054

Heather Douglas (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Merali Pedder

Independent

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