Top U.K government scientist says: Cannabis evidence ‘was devalued’

29 10 2009

We came across this interesting thread on the BBC website which refers to a lecture given by Professor David Nutt, of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.  Professor Nutt used a lecture at King’s College in London and a briefing paper to attack what he called the “artificial” separation of alcohol and tobacco from illegal drugs, accusing ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith of “devaluing” scientific research. He also criticizes the scare-tactics of the U.K government on the issue and claims that the link between cannabis use and schizophrenia is hugely over-exaggerated;  This story has some traction and has been on rotation on both BBC News 24 and British terrestrial television!  It is a blow to the U.K government as Professor Nutt is the new chairman of the Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs – popularly known as the government’s “Drug Czar”.

Many observers are worried about the contradictory and incoherent nature of the U.K’s current drug policy which clearly hasn’t worked – The U.K has the 3rd largest cannabis consumption rate in the western world! The Home Secretary has herself admitted to smoking cannabis as a student whilst attending Oxford University – making her a MASSIVE hypocrite – if she had been caught under her own rules, she would never have been able to hold the position of Home Secretary!

I also came across a video on the subject… enjoy!

Heres some links to other relevant articles that we’ve found on the BBC website:
Debate over cannabis classification
Q&A: Cannabis and health
Q&A: Cannabis guidelines

Its also interesting to see what the BBC themselves have to say about cannabis, it’s actually a really good, balanced and informative piece which drew a smile from us all!


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2 11 2009
andromeda07734

Click on my name to participate in poll on whether David Nutt should have been sacked.

The debate SHOULD centre on the concept of harm and whether this can be quantified.

If it cannot, then all drugs should be legalised and criminals who commit crimes while intoxicated and addicted treated more harshly.

This would be the fairest way since harm to the public would then have manifested itself in criminal behaviour and thus become objectively measurable.

4 01 2016
UK government ignores the advice of its own drug experts (again). - Sensi Seeds

[…] by the Home Office only when it suits their policies (in 2009 the Board Director of the ACMD, Professor David Nutt, was sacked for his criticism of the Government’s policy on cannabis). The response of the Home Secretary, […]

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