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Title: Human rights, public health and medicinal cannabis use
Authors: Bone, Melissa
Seddon, T.
First Published: 28-Apr-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge):
Citation: Critical Public Health 2016, 26 (1), pp. 51-61 (10)
Abstract: This paper explores the interplay between the human rights and drug control frameworks and critiques case law on medicinal cannabis use to demonstrate that a bona fide human rights perspective allows for a broader conception of ‘health’. This broad conception, encompassing both medicalised and social constructionist definitions, can inform public health policies relating to medicinal cannabis use. The paper also demonstrates how a human rights lens can alleviate a core tension between the State and the individual within the drug policy field. The leading medicinal cannabis case in the UK highlights the judiciary’s failure to engage with an individual’s human right to health as they adopt an arbitrary, externalist view, focussing on the legality of cannabis to the exclusion of other concerns. Drawing on some international comparisons, the paper considers how a human rights perspective can lead to an approach to medicinal cannabis use which facilitates a holistic understanding of public health.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09581596.2015.1038218
ISSN: 0958-1596
eISSN: 1469-3682
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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