Another crazy news story from the UK. As you might have read on this blog, David Nutt was sacked because of him criticizing the Government’s decision to reclassify cannabis as a Class B substance.. He argued that the scientific research was devaluated and the UK government making an “artificial” separation of alcohol and tobacco from illegal drugs.
If you thought that was strange, wait until you hear this.. The new chairman that will replace David Nutt, Les Iversen, had exactly the same opinion with regards to Cannabis. During a lecture in 2003 he said the following;
“There have been no deaths to date caused by use of cannabis. Cannabis should be legalised, not just decriminalized, because it is comparatively less dangerous than legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco.”
In an article in 2003 he wrote that cannabis had been incorrectly classified for nearly 50 years as a dangerous drug and that it was one of the “safer” recreational drugs.
When he was questioned about these remarks during an interview on BBC Radio 5 Professor Iversen stated the following; “I don’t remember saying that. It’s certainly not my position now”
“We have now to confront the more potent forms of cannabis. We have the new evidence that arose since 2003 linking cannabis to psychiatric illness. I think it’s quite free for a scientist to change his mind when faced with new facts.”
We wonder what these new facts are? Is it the fact that he will get sacked, like David Nutt, if he says that cannabis should be legalized? Or the fact that he would never have been appointed in the first place if he still had that opinion?