Student's Prize Winning Essay on Legalisation of Cannabis Issues

Posted on June 26, 2020

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King William’s College Lower Sixth pupil William Barnes has won an essay competition run by Island Advocates M&P Legal. William analysed the economic and medical advantages of legalising cannabis as against the social concerns.

M&P Legal runs the essay prize for King William’s Lower Sixth students annually. The judges felt that William’s essay reviewed the controversial area of legalising cannabis in the Isle of Man in a measured and well constructed manner. The judges were looking for concise and clear language with a balanced assessment of the pros and cons allowing the author to reach a reasoned conclusion.

The judging panel headed by M&P Legal managing director John Aycock considered that William’s essay best dealt with this tricky issue and also introduced an interesting angle as to the need for an environmental impact assessment as part of any legalisation process. The panel felt this showed a keen awareness of current issues.

William receives a financial prize and a trophy which would normally be awarded at the College’s Founders’ Day but this was postponed due to the pandemic.

Other entrants to the M&P Legal competition also tackled the legalisation of cannabis issue and the difficult assessment of whether the defendants in sexual offences cases should have their identity protected prior to any conviction. The judges were impressed with the quality of the entrants given that the pupils have no legal experience.

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