The 66 year-old British rock star, who was convicted of possessing narcotics in the 1960s, suggested a trial scheme should be carried out on the island “to see what happens”.
In an interview on American television, Sir Mick urged officials to legalise cannabis only on the island, and only for a limited time, to test whether such a ban would work.
“The whole question of legalising drugs is fraught,” Sir Mick told the Larry King Live show on CNN.
“You usually try these things out in very small places. You know, like you try a new product out in a small kind of society or an island somewhere.
“In England they always try out new mobile phones in the Isle of Man. They’ve got a captive society. So I said, you should try – you should try the legalisation of all drugs on the Isle of Man and see what happens.”
Sir Mick, who is now known for his fitness rather than recreational drug use, insisted his proposal would help prevent violent crime that is normally associated with narcotics trade.
He said young people would always experiment with substances despite the obvious negative side effects.
“Human beings seem to have a propensity to want to take drugs in some form.
“It seems to be the propensity of human beings to want to use them. I think you have to take that as read, you know.
“But then what do you do when it affects so many people’s lives, and not in a good way? And then also you get a lot of violence at both ends of the scope. So you get violence in some countries.”
“That’s the part that speaks to some sort of legalisation. Because that, you would hope, would help the violence from both ends of the supply line.”
Sir Mick admitted his amphetamine conviction in 1967, quashed later on appeal, still caused him problems when travelling through America.
Sir Mick this week attended the Cannes Film Festival for a special screening of Stones in Exile, a documentary about the making of the Rolling Stones 1972 album Exile on Main Street.
– Article from The Telegraph.