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Human rights, public health and medicinal cannabis use

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posted on 04.11.2016, 11:47 by Melissa Bone, T. Seddon
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.

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Critical Public Health 2016, 26 (1), pp. 51-61 (10)

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Law

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VoR (Version of Record)

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Critical Public Health 2016

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Taylor & Francis (Routledge):

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0958-1596

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1469-3682

Acceptance date

01/04/2015

Copyright date

2015

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04/11/2016

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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09581596.2015.1038218

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en

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