Campaigners say it contrasts with Britain's 'medieval' approach.
While the island is not looking at legalising cannabis it is looking to review decriminalising it.
The Manx government have admitted that it is time to review its approach to drugs and a review into decriminalising small amounts of cannabis possession for personal use. This review will look into the health benefits and risks on the move along with how criminal records can impact on future life decisions.
The Isle’s police chief, Gary Roberts, noted in his most recent report that 208 more crimes have been committed this year over last, with 115 of them being drug offenses.
“Almost all simple possession of cannabis,” Roberts said, adding that his officers “routinely found cannabis when dealing with young people.”
Advocates hope that decriminalisation on the Isle of Man could lead to broader changes across the UK. But that probably won’t happen on Prime Minister Theresa May’s watch. “It is right that we continue to fight the war against drugs,” she said recently.
Those remarks quickly drew fire from advocates who lambasted May’s outdated approach to drug policy.
“Theresa May’s commitment to drug war policy looks quite frankly medieval as we slip ever further behind more modern, evidence-based measures being adopted elsewhere,’ said Danny Kushlick of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation.
Meanwhile, a survey conducted last autumn found that 98.5 percent of Britons supported legalizing marijuana in some form. Those supporters include rocker Mick Jagger, who has actually suggested doing a trial run for drug reform on the Isle of Man.
Although don’t get counting your chickens just yet as the Home Office dismissed any suggestion that the UK would pursue the decriminalisation of any drug.
h/t Huffington Post