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There is no issue in what Prof Nutt was saying, ‘cannabis is safer
than horse riding’ and indeed it may even be safer than crossing the road
or every day diet but there is a big difference between the effects of
cannabis and the later two. A horse rider or other or the person crossing
the road or someone having a meal will only harm themselves and not others
whereas an affected cannabis user may harm others. Of course scientists
and experts have the right to speak the TRUTH but regrettably rights also
impose responsibility and yes they MUST exercise the right but do so
without the hubris and put the views in their context and let the public
make the decision.
No competing interests
17 November 2009
Makarand K Oak
Wishaw General Hospital 50 Netherton Street Wishaw ML2 0DP