Attached is an interview in the recently issued Royal Society of Arts Journal with the distinguished and controversial UK psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist Professor David Nutt, currently the Edmond J. Safra chair in Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London. Professor Nutt, Cambridge and Oxford trained, has held significant positions in the UK and the USA, including being a National Institute of Health Section Chief in Maryland for two years. He was the Chairman of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and, in 2009, was fired from that position by the Home Secretary for his stated position, in The Lancelot, that the harm of certain drugs, including marijuana, has been exaggerated. In any event, this is an interesting interview that will likely be little seen in the US.

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  • Original legal counsel responsible for organizing the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF)
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