Ernesto Cortés – The Human Rights of Drug Use – CannaCosta 2015

Ernesto Cortés, the Executive Director of the Costa Rican Association for Drug Study and Intervention, discussed the human rights of those who use drugs. While consumers of cannabis and all kinds of substances are often marginalized and demonized, it is critical to remember that they are human beings as well. Complex genetic and social factors influence addiction; therefore, it is far more effective and compassionate to treat drug use as a public health issue. Such an approach is better for individuals and society as a whole, and can result in lower addiction rates while helping current users get off drugs.