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Jurists vs Physicians: The conflict about the enforcement of the medical cannabis legislation in Switzerland

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This presentation reports on the results of a recent study on the enforcement of the medical cannabis legislation in Switzerland. There was conflict between jurists and physicians within the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health over how to deal with the increasing demand for cannabis for medical purposes. The parallel parliamentary controversy on medical cannabis will be discussed within the wider context of the illegal drug regulation debate. Some reflections on these episodes will include how legal, political and medical issues interact in the definition of medical products. The presentation will also reflect on the way a line is drawn between legal and illegal practices in a polarized political context.


Céline Mavrot is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern, where she obtained her PhD in 2017. She specializes in comparative health and prevention policies. Her work explores contemporary policymaking processes on contentious health policies. She also conducts policy evaluations on behalf of Swiss national and local administrations and NGOs, on topics such as food safety, research policy, tobacco control, drug policies or obesity policy.

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Jurists vs. Physicians: The Conflict about the Enforcement of the Medical Cannabis Legislation in Switzerland (PDF)

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Date Monday, 15 April 2019
Time 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Audience All University,Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Public Lecture
Departmental Seminar
DepartmentPublic Health (UOW)
LocationNordmeyer Lecture Theatre, Level D, University of Otago, Wellington, 23A Mein Street,

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