Following the Lib Dems commissioning a ground breaking report into how a regulated cannabis market would work in the UK today and the subsequent historic vote at Spring Conference the Lib Dems have become the first political party to support legal regulated cannabis in the UK.
Norman Lamb recently made the case in Parliament for rational, evidence based drug policy presenting a 10 minute Rule Bill to introduce a regulated cannabis market.
So it is with great excitement that Lib Dem Pint London this month will be hosting an event addressing this very topic. Our Speakers, including the extraordinary Professor David Nutt, will be talking to us about the current political climate in which the Lib Dems find themselves fighting for this change in policy, the people affected by the current and proposed policies, the scientific basis behind the desire for change and possible future initiatives we should be considering.
We hope you can come and join us on Monday April 4th from 6.30pm at our usual haunt at The Marquis of Westminster.
Henry Fisher :
Dr Henry Fisher is the Policy Editor for VolteFace Magazine, a new platform that aims to raise the level of debate around drug policy in the UK and Ireland. He previously worked for the Beckley Foundation, a think tank with a focus on drug policy and research, and has recently completed a DPhil in pharmaceutical chemistry.
Jon is the Political Director of United Patients Alliance who are a support and campaigning community of 1000s of medical cannabis patients in the UK. He is, also a board member of the National Cannabis Coalition. With UPA, he has been directly involved in a number of major ongoing initiatives including the All-Party Parliamentary Group Inquiriy and the #EndOurPain campaign calling for legal access to cannabis as a medicine
Professor David Nutt:
Professor David Nutt is professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, chair of DrugScience.org.uk and previously a member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology and his book "Drugs without the hot air" won the Transmission Prize for Communicating Science in 2014.
Possibly Most infamously however as chairman of the Government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Nutt repeatedly clashed with government ministers over issues of drug harm and classification. In January 2009 he published the well known editorial in which the risks associated with horse riding were compared to those of taking ecstasy. Stating in the paper that the drug ecstasy was statistically no more dangerous than an addiction to horse-riding.
His continued disagreements and active campaigning against governement drug policy. Eventually led to his dismissal from his position in the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Subsequently, Nutt and a number of his colleagues who had subsequently resigned from the ACMD founded the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs.
Proffessor Nutt has continued his tireless campaigning and research into drug policy most recently as part of The Lib Dems' independent panel of experts from the fields of drug policy, public health and crime, to develop a workable model for the legal sale and taxation of cannabis.
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