The ruling CDA and VVD want to see the introduction of a ban on the plant khat, an evergreen shrub whose leaves are traditionally chewed by people of East Africa and the Middle East as a stimulant, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.
The parties were reacting to Scandinavian complaints about Dutch exports of the plant and claims that profits are funding terrorism. The claims were made on television show EenVandaag.
The CDA and VVD want to place the plant on the list of banned drugs. Labour said it would like to see the export of the plant tackled, the paper said.
The previous cabinet did not plan to ban khat because it is used by a small group of Somalis and is not dangerous to health.
Thursday 09 December 2010