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UK: Should the government be listening to scientists about cannabis?
    #11368415 - 11/02/09 01:15 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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Two more government drug advisors have quit after their chairman was sacked on Friday for saying cannabis was less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes. Do you agree with his sacking?

Health Secretary Alan Johnson says Professor David Nutt's comments, which criticised the Government's tough approach to cannabis and ecstasy, were straying into politics.

He was sacked after saying in a lecture that the government only upgraded cannabis to Class B - against the council's advice - for political reasons and "on the whim of the prime minister".

It's thought more top scientists could also quit in protest with some claiming they can't carry on when their advice is ignored.

Should the government be listening to what their advisors are saying about drugs? Is there any point in having an advisory board when the government doesn't take their advice? Was Alan Johnson right to sack Professor Nutt?

http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?forumID=7183&edition=1&ttl=20091102124243


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Re: UK: Should the government be listening to scientists about cannabis? [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11368630 - 11/02/09 01:47 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

no, the govt should disregard facts.


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Re: UK: Should the government be listening to scientists about cannabis? [Re: learningtofly]
    #11368660 - 11/02/09 01:53 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

It's sad that most councils information isn't heeded and the decision of the polotician is usually made up even before the evidence is given...all because they want to look good for reelection.


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Re: UK: Should the government be listening to scientists about cannabis? [Re: Germican]
    #11368668 - 11/02/09 01:55 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

which is even more stupid because we aren't putting these people in office to get reelected, we are putting them in office to make a difference and get shit done.


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Re: UK: Should the government be listening to scientists about cannabis? [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11369842 - 11/02/09 04:39 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

At least you guys (Europe) have gotten past burning scientists at the stake for speaking unpopular views.

Dr. Nutt should be happy of that much.


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Re: UK: Should the government be listening to scientists about cannabis? [Re: DragonChaser]
    #11370032 - 11/02/09 05:04 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Gotta respect these UK scientists giving up their jobs for principle's sake. 

Not something we usually see over here in the US.


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Re: UK: Should the government be listening to scientists about cannabis? [Re: hugger-mugger]
    #11370084 - 11/02/09 05:12 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Over here, the scientists in place to advise are normally already puppets, or their advice just goes ignored by politicians and the media alike.

Maybe it happens here and the media just doesn't report it.


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Re: UK: Should the government be listening to scientists about cannabis? [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11370156 - 11/02/09 05:21 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Yes.

On another note it cracks me up when I read "Dr. Nutts Sacking Causes...."


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Re: UK: Should the government be listening to scientists about cannabis? [Re: learningtofly]
    #11371719 - 11/02/09 08:42 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

learningtofly said:
no, the govt should disregard facts.




exactly! the government are always right. even when they are totally 100% disproven, and their bullshit beliefs are smashed to bits with scientific evidence.... they are still right.

if youve got power, then you can make the truth anything you want it to be.


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