The mother of a 15-year-old girl from Lincoln who almost died after a suspected drugs overdose blasted county councillor John Marriott's comments as 'rubbish'.
Councillors, the city's MP, the Home Office and a senior lawyer have all lined up to attack his argument.
And even his own party – the Liberal Democrats – has said it does not agree with him.
The Hykeham Forum councillor's comments come after the Government's top drug advisor was sacked for claiming that alcohol and tobacco were more harmful than LSD, ecstasy and cannabis.
Cllr Marriott, an experienced local politician, said that many people would be 'shocked' by his views.
But he thinks current drug laws have failed.
The mother of the teenage girl – who was on a life support machine earlier this year – said: "It's making it easier for people to get drugs.
"Those who get caught with drugs should be punished more, not less."