Professor David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at the Impereal College London calls UK Cannabis Social Clubs “a rational approach to an irrational law” and asserts “cannabis should never have been made illegal in the first place” during an interview on BBC World Wide on November 20th 2013.
London Cannabis Club who have recieved several pieces of media attention over the last months with an article in The Guardian, a mention in Vice and radio interviews drew the attention of BBC World News.
“Cannabis connoisseurs is how they like to see themselves” is not something you are likely to be hearing on the BBC mainstream news any time soon but Professor David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at the Impereal College London calls UK Cannabis Social Clubs “a rational approach to an irrational law” and asserts “cannabis should never have been made illegal in the first place” when asked what he has to make of the socail movement emerging in the cannabis culture of the UK.
Ian Oliver, UN correspondant provides a very weak argument that he doesnt realise is completely unscientifically based – while using the word medicine and science to someone that has spent their full adult career specialising in it. He claims that there is no medicinal benefit to cannabis, “even if you propse that there is a medicinal benefit, and certainly there is in terms of extracts taken from cannabis, there is absolutely none and no medical organisation in the world would advocate and sanction the smoking cannabis in some way in which medicnal effects be gained”.
So in short, cannabis isn’t a medicine – it has extracts that are, but there aren’t any medical effects to cannabis. This is questionable logic and I’m not sure what degree one needs to think this way but it will land you a job in the UN as a drugs correspondant. Ian Oliver may also like to know that Israel are regulation cannabis as a medicine – and do sanction the smoking of it because inhaling the essential oils and active cannabinoids within the smoke gets it into your bloodstream via the lungs – if it didn’t people wouldn’t smoke it! We advise that In Oliver and his department do some research into smoking and international medical marijuana programs.
Oliver also argues that children need to be protected from cannabis as their minds have not yet fully developed – we completely agree, which is why we want to impose regulation to stop the dealers and the drug pushers from exploiting youths for cash and not giving their safety any thought.
Pf Nutt also chair of the Independant Scientific Committee on Drugs is famous for claiming that ecstasy was safer than horse riding which cost him his job. He and his team of scientists and doctors at the Home Offices ACMD produced a scale of harm and made it apparent that cannabis was safer than both alcohol and tobacco. Here is his recent appearence on Newsnight.
When asked if he was in favor of decriminalising cannabis and ecstasy he replied, “Any drug that is less harmful than alcohol, which is most drugs, should be decriminalised”.
He also stated, “alcohol is the leading cause of death of men between the ages of 16 and 54 and minimum price of alcohol will lower that 10 per cent.”
When giving evidence at the Home Affairs Select Committee when drugs policy was being reviewd Pf Nutt stated that 20 per cent of people would switch to cannabis from alcohol if it were legal and regualted and they only use alcohol instead because they would not get criminalised for doing so.