David Nutt: alcohol consumption would fall 25% if cannabis cafes were allowed

Former chairman of drugs advisory committee tells MPs Dutch-style 'coffee shops' would make people drink less
The Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A former government adviser on drugs has told MPs that alcohol consumption would fall by as much as 25% if Dutch-style cannabis "coffee shops" were introduced in Britain. Prof David Nutt also told the Commons home affairs committee that he stood by his claim that horse-riding was more dangerous than taking ecstasy, despite the fact that the comparison triggered his sacking as chairman of the advisory committee on the misuse of drugs (ACMD).