Cannabis researcher favours legalisation

By Jonathan Creasy

Roger Pertwee, a neuropharmacology professor at Aberdeen University and the leading cannabis researcher in the world, has thrown his weight behind the legalisation and regulation of marijuana.

The UK, he said, should adhere to a scheme similar to that in California, where adults over the age of 21 are able to obtain the drug with the consent of a doctor. Pertwee, who co-discovered THC (cannabis’s active ingredient) in 1970, argues that legalisation would lead to a reduction in crime associated with the drug.