The Isle of Man (located in the middle of the Irish Sea, between Ireland and the United Kingdom) is trying to do just that Enter hempAnd in a big way.
Local company Peel NRE has outlined proposals to build an indoor growing facility and is currently soliciting public input. The foundation is just one of several companies owned by John Whitaker, a billionaire and resident of the island. The planned complex will include agricultural units, as well as research and development facilities.
According to CFO Chris Ives, “There has never been a better time to grow the industry than in the post-pandemic era.” Production and export licenses for medical cannabis have been available since June 2021 on the island.
Indeed, Ives said it was the change in law on the island, along with the division of company land for the use of labor, that allowed such plans to advance.
Initial planning requests are still being prepared but will be submitted later this year.
Do UK islands push cannabis reform on the mainland?
Progress towards legalization in the UK has progressed intermittently over the past two years. It is theoretically possible to get a prescription for cannabis here, but in reality the only people who get access are those who are willing to pay for private doctors (ie not on the NHS or National Health Insurance which covers everyone legally allowed to live in the UK), And those who wish to face the Ministry of Interior and apply for individual licenses with a willing doctor.
It literally took the dying children and Clashes at Heathrow Airport On imported (medical) CBD oil to move the needle, so far, it hasn’t moved much.
Meanwhile, the CBD industry has struggled to obtain certification and licenses in an environment where the cultivation of any part of the cannabis flower is still illegal on the mainland.
However, the picture appears to be different on the islands off the mainland. This starts with the Channel Islands in both Jersey and Guernsey Efforts have been underway for several years to begin cultivation and processing (at least) for a medicinal market.
However, unlike in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man will not be able to use the medicine they produce until further reform occurs locally. The island government issued a decision in January 2021 To legalize the cultivation, production and export of medical cannabis. In the meantime, patients trying to transplant are still Fine and sue.
On the mainland, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has vowed to start a unique new decriminalization trial in two of the city’s neighbourhoods.
When will the real reform come to the UK?
This is a question many on Earth are asking, especially after Brexit and post-COVID. However, with morals, sex and other scandals that swept the British royal family, the prime minister, and The largest police force in the countryIt seems that things are a bit difficult politically at the moment. Cannabis reform will be at the bottom of the list of things to do, although for those who have recently worked on pro-cannabis reform platforms – from Germany to Louisiana.
This is particularly notable because the post-Brexit UK is moving away from European regulations and laws, not to mention looking at dire numbers when it comes to living standards and employment. However, it is unfortunate that the Labor government and its leaders have repeatedly dropped the ball on this issue and everyone is too busy defending themselves from today’s recent scandal.
What is likely to happen?
Cannabis reform at this point is a spiritual political issue everywhere. Given the large money supporting reform in the UK now, it is unlikely to hold the tide for much longer in domestic reform, even in small, incremental steps. In fact, this is clearly what Khan is counting on, beyond disgust at the rampant problems that have surfaced in the Metropolitan Police Service (the country’s largest police force).
Expect to see other experiences in the city after London kicks off. Not to mention the issue day in Parliament. Beyond that, and as an economic booster, the issue is a no-brainer.
And who knows? It may even attract some strange and famous personalities, who are looking for alternative sources of income, no matter who spoils them in doing so. A dodgy reputation might help.