Decriminalisation of cannabis to be raised in Keys

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

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Questions about the long-term effects of cannabis use will be asked in the House of Keys today (Tuesday).

Ramsey MHK Leonard Singer will quiz new Health Minister Howard Quayle over the issue.

He will ask what Mr Quayle’s department’s professional advice is on the short and long term effects of the use of cannabis - and on introducing

legislation covering the retail sale of cannabis.

The issue hit the headlines last month when Chief Minister Allan Bell said he believed consideration should be given to the decriminalisation of cannabis in the Isle of Man.

He said the old-style war on drugs has failed miserably and there needs to be a new approach, with drug use considered a health matter and not a criminal activity.

Public health chiefs in the island say they support Mr Bells’ stance.

Mr Singer’s question is one of 12 tabled for spoken reply at today’s Keys sitting with a further 17 questions listed for written reply.

Michael MHK Alfred Cannan has put down a series of questions to Economic Development Minister John Shimmin about gas deposits in Manx waters.

Mr Shimmin’s department is currently seeking expressions of interest to undertake 3D seismic studies in our territorial sea to provide further data on potential reserves of natural gas and other hydrocarbons

This is in advance of a hydrocarbon licence round conducted to allow oil and gas companies to prospect for hydrocarbon reserves believed to be contained in the seabed.

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