When Professor David Nutt was sacked by the Home Secretary for arguing against government policy on drug classification, he stated that his proposals were based on scientific evidence. Professor Andy Parrott goes mythbusting.
Nutt was sacked by the Home Secretary last November as chair of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, or ACMD, for arguing against government policy on drug classification. He defended himself by saying that his proposal to downgrade cannabis and ecstasy reflected scientific evidence. In this article, I list published statements made by Nutt about cannabis and Ecstasy/MDMA; after each statement are comments and quotations from scientific papers written by academic researchers in this field. For more