As the fight for cannabis reform continues in England, it seems similar sentiments have spread to the British Isles. Today, the Isle of Man has announced they will no long be prosecuting cases for cannabis possession.
Prosecuting minor cannabis offenses is "a complete waste of police and court time," says the Isle of Man's Home Affairs Minister Bill Malarkey. And with the sheer number of people that are being pushed through their legal system for just such charges, it's not hard to see why he thinks that. As the Isle's Chief Constable says, cannabis possession occupies a whopping 10 percent of all the recorded crimes in the Isle of Man.
Interesting. In the year to 31st March 2018 10% of all 'recorded crime' in the Isle of Man was simple possession of cannabis. https://t.co/OJ3XBqI1OL— CC Gary Roberts (@CCGaryRoberts) June 19, 2018
"It is so sad and distressing that families and children have been caught up in the histrionics caused by the current lack of common sense about drugs which has been a taboo to debate for far too long," Barton told The Telegraph.
"Drug addiction is a health issue, not a criminal justice matter," he added. Prohibition did not work for alcohol in the USA and just like the States, prohibition in the UK is putting billions of pounds into the hands of our most dangerous criminals."
This is not all that's happening on The Isle of Man either. As Health Minister David Ashford says medical marijuana legislation is also in the works.
"We received a paper two months ago about [legalizing medicinal cannabis]. This will go before a drug and alcohol steering committee to see what we can do with it."
If Britain embraced recreational as well as medical use, it would become the first European country to fully repeal cannabis prohibition.