What happens when a scientist presents evidence contrary to a law? Scientists are removed from advisory panels

 

The Paper That Finally Changed The Law on Drugs

The case for the end of the war on drugs has never been stronger than it is today. The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs published a paper in The Lancet last month demonstrating the clear scientific evidence that stands to oppose UK government drugs policy. This follows a  recent paper directly calling for an end to the “War on Drugs” in the British Medical Journal. Two former UK Government drugs tzars have now come out publicly in opposition to the war on drugs. Bob Ainsworth who served for two years as one of the most regressive drugs secretaries in history,  for a year as defence secretary and for six years serving as Labour Whip enforcing the party line has finally seen the light and announced his wish for full legalisation and regulation. His predecessor the late Mo Mowlam was already well known for coming to the same conclusion just after leaving office. Sir Ian Gilmore, the President of the Royal College of Physicians, otherwise known as “Head Doctor” by the tabloids has whole-heartedly attacked the Goverment for the war on drugs which he stated has succeeded in achieving “the opposite of its goals“, in his final act before leaving office. We can also add to the list Nicholas Green QC the Chairman of the Bar Council or “head lawyer” as the tabloids describe him who has recently called for decriminalisation. Professor Nutt the former chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs sacked for making a scientific case that did not conform to the “War on Drugs” needs no introduction. He has gone on to create his own Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs with the other scientists and doctors who resigned from the ACMD in protest of his sacking.

Just some of the people calling for the end to history’s second most idiotic “War”

 

 

From left to right: Sir Ian Gilmore, Prof. David Nutt, Bob Ainsworth, Nicholas Green QC, the late Mo Mowlam

None of this is a problem for the current home secretary Theresa May however whom has just announced that the Government will no longer be seeking scientific advice on drugs policy. This announcement has gone literally unreported in the media (except one article in the guardian) but it’s implication is stunning, the Government can no longer find a single scientist anywhere in the whole world that will put their name down in support of it’s drugs policy. Since the doctors and scientists on the ACMD have all been fired or resigned the government has been unable to find scientists willing to do the job, or more likely scientists that they are prepared to allow to do the job. The evidence for this is clear, here is a copy of the Home Office advertisement to recruit scientists who support the drugs war, none were found. The Government is therefore responding by removing from law the requirement to have a scientist on the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs.

 

via The Paper That Finally Changed The Law on Drugs | Neurobonkers.com.

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