David Nutt

“And one of the real problems we have now is that medicinal
cannabis is only available in some countries and that’s a serious
loss and is a detriment to many of our patients.” – David Nutt

David Nutt

David Nutt made the headlines many times over in 2009, when fired by then UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson from the UK’s Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), for famously claiming that Cannabis, LSD and MDMA were less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. Although under pressure in many subsequent interviews, Professor Nutt repeated his view that illicit drugs should be classified according to the actual evidence of the harm they cause, and presented an analysis in which nine ‘parameters of harm’ (grouped as ‘physical harm’, ‘dependence’, ‘and ‘social harms’) revealed alcohol and tobacco to be more harmful than LSD, Ecstasy and Cannabis.

Following his dismissal, David founded the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs with some colleagues, and he is currently a Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Centre for Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Imperial College, London. In 2013, he was the recipient of the John Maddox Prize for promoting sound science & evidence on a matter of public interest, whilst facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Professor Nutt’s Guardian articles are available here.

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