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khat

(kot),
Local name for tender fresh parts of shrub Catha edulis.
Synonym(s): African tea, Arabian tea
Drug slang A regional term for amphetamine
Herbal medicine A shrub with a high content of d-norpseudoephedrine, a CNS stimulant; consumed as a leaf—in a similar fashion to that of coca—khat increases alertness, relieves hunger and fatigue, and produces mild euphoria. See Herbal medicine
Substance abuse The dried bitter leaves of Catha edulis, an evergreen shrub from eastern Africa—e.g., Somalia, Ethiopia—and Yemen; khat is chewed for its stimulatory and euphoric effects by millions in the Saudi peninsula. It contains cathinone—a DEA Schedule I controlled substance—an amphetamine-like alkaloid, which causes excitement, euphoria and anorexia
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Speaking to the Nation, Lawyer Kurauka said the custodians of the money raised for the London miraa case had failed to pay his legal fees for the last five years, forcing him to go to court.
Half a millennium after its discovery, miraa faces the same kind of widespread religious and political opposition from the authorities.
"I could see two dead bodies of my colleagues lying on the ship," Miraa told the Associated Press in a telephone interview.
'We work with people out in Africa and I have seen first-hand the damage miraa can do and the effects it can have.'
Halima Kupi, a mother of six, says she single-handedly fends for herself as her husband, a mangrove trader, spends all his money on miraa.
A wall will be built around the market, which will be partitioned to give room for a special place for miraa selling.
Miraa is also being blamed for increased crime among users of the costly herb.
CONTROVERSIAL HABIT Yonas blames miraa for leading him into drug and alcohol addictions, which cost him his career, his savings and the respect of his family.
As part of celebrating both Meru and Nandi cultures, Ms Kitany said, Mr Linturi had to drink mursik (sour milk), although "he doesn't like milk", while she had to chew miraa (khat).
Smoking bang and hashish and chewing miraa are considered the leading drug menace and are considered 'gateway drugs' to harder narcotics.
Mandera West public Health Officer Ibrahim Karim, in a public notice dated August 11, declared all eateries closed.Also closed in the town are miraa kiosks, milk bars and butcheries.
Kitany said she had to consume miraa, which had been brought by the delegation from Meru, for the first time in her life.