The Isle of Man, host to the legendary and famous TT Races, has started a public consultation on whether it should extend the very limited UK regulations for medicinal cannabis use.
The UK’s regulations, which since November 2018 allowed very few cannabis products to be prescribed in a very specific and narrow number of cases — see official NHS page — also de facto apply on the Isle of Man. The self-governing crown dependency has the option to set its own regulatory framework though and is apparently considering such.
The Isle of Man
To get the ball rolling, the Isle of Man has started a public consultation asking its citizens on their views on medicinal cannabis use.
The consultations asks among others whether:
- The Isle of Man should stay in line with UK laws
- Whether it should extend cases with chronic pain and palliative care
- Whether GPS should be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis (UK laws require a specialist doctor)
- Should medicinal cannabis be available over the counter at pharmacies (drug stores)
- Should it be allowed to cultivate and produce cannabis for medicinal use locally on the isle.
The crown dependency plans to also hold a public consultation about recreational adult-use at a later stage. Both consultations take place separately in order to avoid that views on recreational use may distort the outcome of the first consultation on medicinal use, per Home Affairs Minister Bill Malarkey.
Health Minister David Ashford claims the consultation is required because it is a logical evolution of a debate which has been ongoing for several years already and now is “the perfect time”.
“As a doctor I've met increasing numbers of people from all ages, and from all classes, who are using medicinalcannabis because they find it helps far better than conventional medicines, but are living in fear of being arrested and criminalised for that use”
— Dr. Alex Allison MHK
This isn’t the only public consultation about the cannabis plant the Isle of Man is holding right now. A simultaneous separate consultation on growing of industrial hemp on the isle is ongoing as well.
Consultations are open to Manxman until March 20th, 2019. No date for the consultation on recreational use has been announced yet.
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