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Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger has called for U.K. government officials to legalize marijuana and other drugs on a British island, to see if it prevents violence associated with the illegal drug trade.
The rock singer, who was convicted of marijuana possession in the 1960s, said that young people will always experiment with psychoactive substances, despite the risks, reports StarPulse. He is urging the government to legalize drugs on the Isle of Man, a British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea, to test the consequences of an end to prohibition.
“The whole question of legalizing drugs is fraught… You usually try these things out in very small places,” Jagger told interviewer Larry King. “You know, like you try a new product out in a small kind of society or an island somewhere,” Jagger said.
“And in England they always try out new mobile phones in Isle of Man,” Jagger said. “They’ve got a captive society. So I said, you should try — you should try the legalization of all drugs on the Isle of Man and see what happens.”
“Human beings seem to have a propensity to want to take drugs in some form,” Jagger said. “It seems to be the propensity of human beings to want to use them.”
“And then you also get a lot of violence at both ends of the scope,” Jagger said. “So you get violence in some countries… which, like, we have in Mexico now, and you get violence at the other end of people trying to obtain drugs. That’s the part that speaks to some sort of legalization, Because that, you would hope, would help the violence from both ends of the supply line.”