David Nutt (former chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, and lonely voice of reason in drug policy) has just published a book called Drugs Without the Hot Air. You may remember him from the avante-garde Channel 4 ecstasy experiment in which celebrities such as Keith Allen and Lionel Shriver got high for shits and, most importantly, for ratings (and who knows, perhaps even for science too). So I thought I’d publish this article I wrote several months ago now on the topic of drugs policy, folklore, history and potential benefits to society.
Having bored myself into dribbling obscurity with my bloody tedious dissection of Argo (why did I bother writing that, I will never know), I decided to mention a few things in my upcoming posts that have been bugging me for a while – mostly to do with the infallibility of authority, the unavoidable fingers that big business has in government pies, and my embarrassment by the fact that noone in science seems to be able to do basic statistics – to which I will uninspiringly don the mantle of ‘Sciencewipe’.
Sorry, Charlie Brooker. I have hijacked your franchise, but it’s only because I have no wit of my own.