Friday, October 30, 2009

Top Drugs advisor sacked for telling the truth

The UK's chief drugs adviser has been sacked by home secretary Alan Johnson after criticising government policies on drugs.Professor David Nutt, head of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, criticised the decision to reclassify cannabis to Class B from C.

He accused ministers of devaluing and distorting evidence and said drugs classification was being politicised. We need people like him to stand up and actually state what many of us know- the war on drugs is not working and alcohol is much more dangerous than Ecstasy and Cannabis.

The decision follows the publication of a paper by the Centre for Crime and Justice at King's College London, based on a lecture Nutt delivered in July. He repeated his familiar view that illicit drugs should be classified according to the actual evidence of the harm they cause and pointed out that alcohol and tobacco caused more harm than LSD, ecstasy and cannabis.
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