After sacking the chair of the UK Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, Prof David Nutt, the government now has plans to do away with the legal requirement for scientific experts to its independent drugs advisory group.
Last year, Prof David Nutt was sacked, and seven other advisers had resigned amid complaints that drug policy was driven by politics rather than evidence.
As per proposals, in the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Bill, there will be no need for the ACMD members to include a doctor, a dentist, a pharmacist, a drugs industry expert, a vet and a scientist from another branch of chemistry.
The Drug Equality Alliance is accusing the government of seeking revenge by deciding not to have scientific advice on drugs any more.
Colin Blakemore Professor of neurobiology quoted US President Barack Obama who said scientists must be listened to even when they say something inconvenient.
Commenting on the issue, Prof Blakemore said, "As Barack Obama said just before his inauguration, `We should listen to the scientists even when what they say is inconvenient."
Darryl Bickler, of the Drug Equality Alliance said that the government was trying to take the country back to the time of 'minister knows best'.