Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sacked Adviser Launches Drugs Panel [UK Financial Times]

Sacked adviser launches drugs panel
By Andrew Jack in London, Published: January 15 2010

Some may view recreational drugs as the scourge of the City; now a hedge fund manager is using some of his surplus cash to underwrite an independent scientific advisory committee on their safety.  ( some say the change in he legal status of cannabis globally would lead to a massive financial shift, and all drugs, the collapse of capital markets, good to see a fund manager prepared to take a lead role! /Blair )

Professor David Nutt, the sacked former head of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs, identified his surprise backer as he unveiled details on Friday of his own rival Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs to challenge the government’s much-criticised classification system. (Still no cost benefit analysis of the policy's effects though. Perhaps a fund manager 'risk taker' can see the risk downsides of prohibition? /Blair)

Prof Nutt said that Toby Jackson, a 32-year-old hedge fund manager, had “decided to put something back into society” by offering financial support sufficient to underwrite the group for three years – a budget he estimated at about £450,000. (that's about the amount NZ would have, inflation adjusted, if it had banked the $50,000 per year it budgeted to do the cost benefit analysis since the National Drug Policy in 1996 /Blair)

“This is the strongest grouping of scientists looking at drugs that we have ever had,” he said. “It is the first truly independent committee and it is something that many of us have wanted for a long time ... We will provide the truth about drugs unfettered by any political interference.”   [more]  (which was the aspirational goal of the New Zealand Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs [EACD] /Blair)

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03:  Home Secretary...It was about this big, 3gms of primo I'd say. Good too!
Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Professor Les Iversen, Nutt's replacement is also notable for his earlier  support for cannabis law reform. The test will be to see what Alan Johnson and the UK's Home Office makes of the new chief adviser's politics. Perhaps they might support Class D!  /Blair

Retired Oxford professor named drugs adviser - Jan-13
Minister seeks to end scientific dispute - Dec-15
Ex-drugs adviser hits at political meddling - Nov-04
Drugs panel at risk of collapse - Nov-02
Editorial Comment: The evidence in favour of Prof Nutt - Nov-02
Government drug adviser sacked - Oct-31

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