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Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use

Edited by: Beatriz Caiuby Labate, Clancy Cavnar

ISBN13: 9783642409561
Published: April 2014
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Germany
Format: Hardback
Price: £99.99

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This book addresses the use and regulation of traditional drugs such as peyote, ayahuasca, coca leaf, cannabis, khat and Salvia divinorum. The uses of these substances can often be found at the intersection of diverse areas of life, including politics, medicine, shamanism, religion, aesthetics, knowledge transmission, socialization, and celebration. The collection analyzes how some of these psychoactive plants have been progressively incorporated and regulated in developed Western societies by both national legislation and by the United Nations Drug Conventions. It focuses mainly, but not only, on the debates in court cases around the world involving the claim of religious use and the legal definitions of "religion." It further touches upon issues of human rights and cognitive liberty as they relate to the consumption of drugs. While this collection emphasizes certain uses of psychoactive substances in different cultures and historical periods, it is also useful for thinking about the consumption of drugs in general in contemporary societies. The cultural and informal controls discussed here represent alternatives to the current merely prohibitionist policies, which are linked to the spread of illicit and violent markets. By addressing the disputes involved in the regulation of traditional drug use, this volume reflects on notions such as origin, place, authenticity, and tradition, thereby relating drug policy to broader social science debates.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Foreword: David Courtwright
Human Rights and Drug Conventions: Searching for Humanitarian Reason in Drug Laws
Coca in Debate: The Contradiction and Conflict between the UN Drug Conventions and the Real World
Marijuana and Religious Freedom in the United States
Peyote, Race, and Equal Protection in the United States
From the Sacrilegious to the Sacramental: A Global Review of Rastafari Cannabis Case Law
The Expansion of Brazilian Ayahuasca Religions: Law, Culture and Locality
Framing the Chew: Narratives of Development, Drugs, and Danger with Regard to Khat (Catha Edulis)
Salvia divinorum, Hallucinogens, and the Determination of Medical Utility
"Legalize Spiritual Discovery": The Trials of Dr. Timothy Leary
Cannabis and the Psychedelics: Reviewing the UN Drug Conventions
Beyond Religious Freedom: Psychedelics and Cognitive Liberty
Fear and Loathing in Drugs Policy: Risk, Rights, and Approaches to Drug Policy and Practice.