Wednesday, October 15


At a time when the city should be saving itself some serious money by ceasing the ineffective and counterproductive enforcement of drug possession laws, it's gearing up to go after the use of khat. And having severely damaged the Washington Ethiopian cab industry by introduction of meters, the city is now determined to go after a mild Ethiopian drug at a time when DC badly needs cash for useful things.

According to the Washington Times:

Nazret - The state owned Ethiopian Postal Service is going to launch three different kinds of Khat Memorial Stamps on September 9, 2008. . .

After neglecting the product for years, the Ethiopian government is giving more attention to Khat but no official agricultural policy exists to support Khat production and farmers. Khat, ranking 4th among Ethiopian export items, is now attracting farmers from all corners of Ethiopia and remains the chief crop in east and west Hararge. Ethiopian Khat is in high demand in Somalia, Djibouti, Yemen and England, with a significant amount also consumed locally.

Khat is widely used in the country, and more than 40 percent of the youth in Addis Ababa frequently use the drug, according to a research conducted by undergraduate students at the Addis Ababa University. . .


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