I have written a book for Routledge based on my PhD research which is entitled: Human rights and drug control: a new perspective. In 2018 I attained a £300000 research grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a co-investigator for a project entitled “Drug Policy Voices”. This project explores how to engage people who use drugs in drug policy debates and reform discussions. More details about the project and our podcast series can be found on our website: www.drugpolicyvoices.co.uk
I am a committee member of the Criminal Law Reform Now Network: http://www.clrnn.co.uk/ and I am currently co-leading a project on the regulation of drugs. I am also a member of the policy advisory council for the Conservative Group for Drug Policy Reform: https://www.cdprg.co.uk/advisory-council I advise this group on developing drug policy from a human rights perspective.
My current research also explores the legal landscape of cannabis social clubs throughout Europe cannabis activism and medical cannabis laws in the UK.
Bone, M., and Potter, G. (Forthcoming) ‘Medical Cannabis in the UK: the (false) dawn of a new era?’ in J. Meisel and D. Corva (Eds) The Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Cannabis Research. Routledge.
Pardal, M., Bone, M., Decorte, T. et al. Hidden and uninterested populations: Methodological insights and unresolved issues from the study of Cannabis Social Clubs. Methodological Innovations. September 2020. doi:10.1177/2059799120976963
Pardal, M., Decorte, T., Bone, M., Parés, Ò., Johansson, J. (2020) ‘Mapping Cannabis Social Clubs in Europe’ The European Journal of Criminology. July 2020. doi:10.1177/1477370820941392
Bone, M. (2020) Human rights and drug control: A new perspective. (Oxon: Routledge).
Askew, R. and Bone, M. (2019) ‘Deconstructing prohibitionist ideology: A sociocognitive approach to understand opinions on UK drug policy and the law’ International journal of drug policy 74: 33-40. Available online doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.08.001
Bone, M. and de Hoedt G. (2018) ‘Being the change: charting Greg de Hoedt’s cannabis journey’ Drugs and Alcohol Today 18(2): 126-136 Available online doi:10.1108/DAT-01-2018-0001
Bone, M., Potter, G., and Klein, A. (2018) ‘Introduction: cultivation, medication, activism and cannabis policy’ Drugs and Alcohol Today 18(2): 73-79 Available online doi:10.1108/DAT-03-2018-0014
Bone, M., and Seddon, T. (2016) ‘Human Rights, Public Health and Medicinal Cannabis Use’ Critical Public Health 26(1): 51-61. Available online doi:10.1080/09581596.2015.1038218
Bone, M. (2014) ‘Is the medicinal consumption of cannabis effectively regulated from a human rights perspective?’ in M. Bone Ping Y. and Mungroo P. (Eds) Cannabis Regulation: The World is Moving Forward What is Stopping Us? (London: House of Lords) www.cannabisresearch.co.uk.
Bone, M. (2014) ‘From the Sacrilegious to the Sacramental: A Global Review of Rastafari Cannabis Case Law’ in Labate Beatriz C. & Cavnar Clancy (Eds) Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.
Law Justice and Society (module co-convenor)
I would be happy for journalists to contact me on topics related to drug policy reform.
I have been interviewed for the following features:
Rolling Stone UK (forthcoming): ""Will cannabis ever be decriminalised in the UK?"" (1st issue of the UK edition to be released October 2021)
Cannabis Health (2020) ""Access to medical cannabis is a human rights issue"" https://cannabishealthnews.co.uk/2020/12/10/access-to-medical-cannabis-is-a-human-rightsissue/#:~:text=Dr%20Melissa%20Bone%3A%20%22Access%20to%20medical%20cannabis%20isin%20drug%20policy%20for%20the%20last%2010%20years
Vice (2017) ""The important drug debate question that nobody's asking"" http://www.maxdaly.com/qe9zktpx7s5tveaz5mbhw95ppt8t4t