Anti-drug laws are blocking the progress of far-reaching research that can show the therapeutic uses of Psilocybe mushrooms, plants like cannabis and other psychedelia like MDMA. That is what Professor David Nutt contends, after he first sounded the alarm bells on 12 June 2013 in Nature Reviews Neuroscience.
The world-wide drug repression, also called the War on Drugs, is blocking opportunities to perform thorough research into the medicinal qualities of a diverse range of drugs. The British professor David Nutt is the forerunner in the fight to lift this blockade. Nutt is professor of Neuro-psycho pharmacology at Imperial College London, Chairman of the Independent Scientific Drugs Committee and has for years specialised in performing scientific research into the effects of different kinds of drugs and the link with addiction, phobias and depressions. The professor was also a drug advisor to the English parliament, but after he openly criticised British drug policy and campaigned against the re-classification of cannabis to a class B drug, he was fired in 2009.