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sentence for growing weed

If you’re under 18, the police are allowed to tell your parent, guardian or carer that you’ve been caught with drugs.

You can get a fine or prison sentence if you:

*The government can ban new drugs for 1 year under a ‘temporary banning order’ while they decide how the drugs should be classified.

Possessing drugs

The maximum penalties for drug possession, supply (selling, dealing or sharing) and production depend on what type or ‘class’ the drug is.

You may be charged with possessing an illegal substance if you’re caught with drugs, whether they’re yours or not.

Psychoactive substances penalties

The penalties depend on the type of drug or substance, the amount you have, and whether you’re also dealing or producing it.

The penalty is likely to be more severe if you are found to be supplying drugs (dealing, selling or sharing).

When sentencing young adult offenders (typically aged 18-25), consideration should also be given to the guidance on the mitigating factor relating to age and/or lack of maturity when considering the significance of this factor.

Production of a controlled drug
Class A
Maximum: Life imprisonment
Offence range: High level community order – 16 years’ custody

If sentencing an offender for more than one offence, or where the offender is already serving a sentence, consider whether the total sentence is just and proportionate to the offending behaviour. See Totality guideline.

Factors reducing seriousness or reflecting personal mitigation

Category range
2 – 5 years’ custody

Note in particular paragraph 5 for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic offenders.

Category range
5 – 7 years’ custody

Step 1 – Determine the offence category

Category range
9 – 12 years’ custody

Starting point
3 years 6 months’ custody