[Text on screen]: Medicinal cannabis will be legalised in the UK.

But with such a controversial history to its name, what will this mean for the future of the drug?

Do we have a human right to use medical cannabis?

Since 1971, use of medicinal cannabis was outlawed, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

But after recent public campaigns, changes in law means we may be seeing doctors and GP’s prescribing MC in coming months.

Countries such as Canada, Portugal, and many US states, have legalised the product for medical purposes…

…and although no set date has been announced, the UK will soon be following in their footsteps.

This was in part due to some very highly covered stories by the media…

...concerning two severely epileptic young boys, Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell.

So how do human rights come into play?

The cannabis oil the boys use was refused entry into the UK, making their conditions “life threatening.”

Under Article 2 of the Human Rights Convention, we are all entitled to a right to life.

Arguably, Alfie and Billy had their right to life threatened by the restriction...with continuous prevention possibly breaching that right entirely.

But Article 2 isn’t the only factor.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states under Article 25 “Everyone has the right to a standard of living…[including] medical care and necessary social service.”

This means that we have a recognised, fundamental right to good health.

The short answer is no, we don’t have a right to medical cannabis…

...but we do have a human right to a long and healthy life.

We need to make sure that those in need receive the right treatment.


Do we have a right to medicinal cannabis?

Published on 5 Nov 2019

Is there such a thing as a right to medicinal cannabis?

Medicinal cannabis has been in the news lately as a controversial topic. It has been prescribed to many patients for a variety of health issues, but the laws around the drug make it hard to access for those who truly need it. So we explored the question, do we have a right to medical cannabis?

Want to learn more? Check out our article exploring medicinal cannabis and human rights.

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