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growing cannabis in uk law

If you are a new or existing grower read our hemp factsheet for information on the licensing process for industrial hemp.

2022 growing season – important dates for prospective applicants

You must make sure that each person named on the application form holds a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS check must be done by Security Watchdog. You can contact them on 01420 558 752 to apply for one. If you have a DBS check by another company, we cannot accept your certificate.

Monday 28 February 2022

You can report any theft or unaccounted losses of controlled drugs by email to [email protected] using the thefts and losses form.

Growing cannabis in uk law

The most common defences encountered by the court are:-

The maximum sentence for supply of a class B drug on indictment is 14 years imprisonment or a fine or both. The maximum sentence for supply of a class B drug on summary complaint is 6 months imprisonment or a fine or both.

​The maximum sentence for possession of a class B drug on indictment is 5 years imprisonment or a fine or both. The maximum sentence for possession of a class B drug on summary complaint is 3 months imprisonment or a fine (maximum £2,500) or both.

Cannabis cultivation is perhaps the most common type of ‘drug production’ charge dealt with by the courts. Offences range from very small scale operations whereby a cannabis user has grown plants for their own personal use to large scale operations where industrial equipment and large premises are used and people are employed to tend to the crop.

Drugs offences are prosecuted under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The ready availability of the equipment needed to produce cannabis and easy access to instruction manuals on the internet has resulted in this type of offence becoming more and more common. Cannabis and cannabis resin are classified as Class B drugs.