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Government sacks drug advisor

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The government's chief adviser on drugs policy has been sacked after insisting that alcohol and cigarettes are more dangerous than cannabis and ecstasy.

The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, said he no longer had confidence in the advice being given by Professor David Nutt. Professor Nutt had also criticised ministers for re-classifying cannabis as a class B drug.

Professor Nutt has told the BBC he believes some of his colleagues may now resign in protest against his sacking.

Daniel Sandford reports.

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