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is it legal to grow your own weed in uk

Is it legal to grow your own weed in uk

In mid 2019, formal permission was given for the NHS to prescribe cannabis based medicines to treat Lennox Gastuat and Dravet syndrome. Clinical trials showed the cannabis based medications reduced the associated seizures that came with these conditions.

Can cannabis be prescribed for medical use in the UK?

Ministers appeared sympathetic to evidence that cannabis was getting stronger, due to the greater availability of skunk, and the reported links between cannabis use and mental illness.

The history of UK cannabis law

“Prohibition has failed”… “From our perspective, it’s about regulating the market to improve public health outcomes and create a safer environment. But we can see the potential benefits from a taxation perspective if we were to regulate it.” – Natasha Horsfield, Advocacy Officer, Heath Poverty Action.

It is unlawful to cultivate any part of a cannabis plant. It is not an offence to supply or possess cannabis seeds, but any action which germinates or cultivates them is an offence.

Penalties available for cultivation of cannabis

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:

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