An Australian Professor who is the head of the Psychopharmacology Laboratory at Sydney University has taken a leaf out of former British government drugs advisor Professor David Nutt's highly publicised book, by adding his scientific expertise to the foggy landscape which is 'drugs policy'.
Professor Iain McGregor was quoted as saying that there was nothing wrong with the 'designer drug' Mephedrone. A synthetic compund which is marketed widely on the Internet under an assortment of names which include 'MM-Cat', '4-MMC' and 'Plant Food Meow'.
Mephedrone, which is banned in Findland, Israel, Sweden and Denmark, comes in either powder or pill form and is derived from the khat plant.
Khat is a legal stimulant normally consumed by chewing, which is widely available on UK high streets in communities with large ethnic minorities originating from Somalia, Ethiopia and the Sudan.
Professor McGregor, director of Sydney University's Psychopharmacology Laboratory, was quoted as saying that there was nothing wrong with the drug.
"Unfortunately for people like myself ... who [is] here to tell people drugs are bad, there doesn't appear to be a whole lot that is bad about it," Professor McGregor said.
A statement which brings a little more perspective to the UK's irrational (and hopelessly failed) war on drugs.
Clearly prohibition is proving to be far more harmful than the drugs themselves. And in an ever tightening economic grip, which the rest of Europe seems to have slipped free from, can we really afford to continue to prosecute 50 year old cannabis users who are only breaking the law whilst smoking a joint in the privacy of their own home?
For the rest of their lives they remain, law abiding citizens.
November 15, 2009