Moving from justice to health regulation, cannabis dispensaries and harm reduction strategies have become a topic of major interest in recent scholarship. Within this framework, human rights now constitute an important aspect of the drug policy agenda and where, for example, governments have started considering drug dependence differently, shifting from a criminal approach to a health-oriented one. Another example can be seen in the fundamental paradox of a patient’s right to choose their own treatment and the state’s right to regulate it. It seems clear these policies, primarily based on law enforcement and punishment, are outdated and that new responses need to be found to tackle these issues. The objective of this panel discussion is to comment upon new drug policy trends, particularly touching upon both health and regulation (law), and to propose ways improve these policies.
Session Discussant: Connie Carter, University of Victoria
Session Organizer: Jenna Valleriani, PhD Student, University of Toronto, firstname.lastname@example.org
Session Code: Crim4