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Drug adviser fired after marijuana comments

October 31, 2009

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Britain’s top drug adviser was fired Friday after saying that marijuana, Ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol.

David Nutt’s comments have embarrassed the British government, which toughened the penalties for possessing marijuana earlier this year over the protests of many prominent British scientists.

Nutt said he was disappointed by his sacking, telling Sky News television that it might have something to do with the upcoming general election, which must be called by the middle of next year.

“Politics is politics and science is science, and there’s a bit of a tension between them sometime,” he told the broadcaster by telephone.

In later comments to BBC radio’s “PM” program, Nutt accused British Prime Minister Gordon Brown of making “completely irrational statements” about the dangerousness of marijuana.

“I’m not prepared to mislead the public about the harmfulness of drugs like cannabis and Ecstasy,” he said.

Comments

Amy Heeter 5 years, 5 months ago

Well he isn't all wrong here. Alcohol is a common denominator in nearly all cases of drug abuse. A person may presemnt for treatment with a crack addiction or even perscription drugs. When evaluating addictons through ASI those who are canidadtres for treatment will have used alcohol to excess. It is widely accepted that M.J. is a gateway drug but the number one gateway drug is alcohol.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 5 months ago

The only reason marijuana is a gateway drug is because it's sold by the same people who sell harder drugs.

Jcjayhawk1 5 years, 5 months ago

"The only reason marijuana is a gateway drug is because it's sold by the same people who sell harder drugs."-Cait

This can be fixed real easy. Decriminalize it. Gateway drug by definition would be Alcohol & cigarettes. Which by the way.... kill 500k people a year combined.

California is broke. Once it legalizes it.(and it will) it's going to cash in on the HUGE tax revenue that it will generate. Other states will follow. Local economies will thrive. I have friends already making plans to move to Colorado in anticipation of what is to come and what is offered now.

Amy Heeter 5 years, 5 months ago

I see for somebody the concept that alcohol is easier to access has once more gone over the head & between the legs.

randysavage 5 years, 5 months ago

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