DOES HUMAN RIGHTS DOCTRINE SUPPORT THIS?
It is an inalienable human right to have access to medical care as stipulated by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (as explained below). It
is therefore an ongoing human rights travesty that ADHD sufferers who comprise around 10% of the world population have no option except to use pharmaceuticals that often have a range of undesirable and eventually unacceptable side-effects, while an effective
medicine with an almost-benign side-effects profile is already available in cannabis.
National governments have expressed their commitment to human rights through their signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations general assembly in 1948 as a global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled.
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948):
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” (Article 3).
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control” (Article 25, Paragraph 1).
Widely supported by doctors, medical researchers, patients, NGOs and governments around the world, and based on the aforementioned sections of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Declaration of Human Rights for Medical Access to Cannabis, established by the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM) explains that:
“Whereas this Declaration applies to everyone and all people, whereas many doctors are banned by legal requirements from treating their patients with cannabis-based medicines and whereas many people cannot afford access to cannabis-based drugs we thus declare that:
1. Every medical doctor has the right to treat his or her patients with cannabinoids and cannabis products according to the rules of good medical care.
2. Every patient has the right to access cannabis and cannabinoids for medical treatment supervised by a medical doctor, regardless of social status, standard of living or financial means.”
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