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

This address deals with domestic (UK) controlled substance licenses including precursor chemicals, applications, renewals, compliance visits, thefts and losses, surrender or returning licence, or general enquiries about domestic licensing.

If you apply to register on or after Sunday 1 May 2022, it is likely that we will reject your request without substantive consideration. This is because it would not be practical to consider an application and issue a licence for outdoor cultivation before you need to start sowing, and cultivation cannot take place without a licence.

Annual hemp grower statement

Once you have paid, the licence will be sent electronically via email.

If your company or organisation want to cultivate industrial hemp you need to apply for a controlled drugs domestic licence.

We consider how much to charge for cancellations case by case.

Thefts and losses

Last date for new prospective growers of ‘industrial hemp’ for seed and/or fibre only to apply to register as a user of our drug licensing portal. If approved, you will be able to apply for a license.

You may be charged any costs already owed, relating to administration, travel or accommodation arrangements, if:

Offence Range: Discharge – 10 years’ imprisonment.

Maximum: 14 years’ imprisonment and/or unlimited fine.

The reason that an individual would be charged with production instead of cultivation is because production is classed as a ‘trafficking’ offence, which allows the authorities to order a POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act) hearing.

Penalties available for cultivation of cannabis

POCA provides the courts with scope to confiscate the proceeds of a crime where a defendant is shown to have benefited from their criminal conduct.

Cultivation is the tending of plants, i.e. watering, feeding, nurturing etc.

The severity of the penalty applied in relation to cultivation of cannabis will depend on the individual circumstances of the case. The prosecution consider the size of the operation, the individual’s role in said operation & certain mitigating factors. The Sentencing Guidelines for Drug Offences outlines the range of sentences available for cultivation of cannabis cases:

A person can only be charged with cultivation or production, not both offences together.

There is more information on this issue in sentencing for drug offences.