In Sweden there is no distinction between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ drugs and both can be punished by imprisonment.
The Early 2000s – The downgrading of Cannabis
In the early 2000s, there was a temporary change in the UK Government’s stance on cannabis, largely in response to changing public perception towards the drug at the time.
Can cannabis be prescribed for medical use in the UK?
Having legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2001, Canada became the first whole G7 nation to legalise the recreational use of the drug in October 2018.
In what countries is cannabis use legal?
In May 2008, the government announced its decision to reclassify cannabis as a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The government’s decision in 2008 was highly controversial, not least because it rejected the findings of a review by the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) carried out at the request of the Prime Minister.
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If your company or organisation want to cultivate industrial hemp you need to apply for a controlled drugs domestic licence.
If you apply to register or apply for a licence after these cut-off dates, we cannot guarantee processing times and we may have to reject your application or registration request.
If you cancel your application
Added important date information for industrial hemp licence applications for the 2021 growing season.
If you are a new or existing grower read our hemp factsheet for information on the licensing process for industrial hemp.
Before you apply
Added important date information for industrial hemp licence applications for the 2022 growing season.
Applications for licences to cultivate in the 2022 season can be made from this date. Applications received before this date will be rejected as premature.
Advice from Y STOP a help and information service on Stop and Search suggest that you ask these questions if you are being asked to take part in a Stop and Search.
If the Police provide a valid reason to believe that you may be in possession of an item that you should not be or that is in breach of the law then they will inform you that they want to perform a Stop And Search on you.
Nb. Sentencing Guidelines for 9 plants and under is recommended as a suspended sentence for first time offenders. See the UKCSC Tagged Plant Collective Model for more advice.
The UK Government’s Stance On Cannabis
Their reason for classifying cannabis as a “controlled” substance they say, is to protect people from themselves.
Cultivation includes the germination of cannabis seeds, the tending of plants, rooted cuttings, harvesting and drying of plants.
Criminal penalties and prison time for cultivation
The Government insist that they have no intention of changing the laws surrounding activities relating to cannabis and continue to reinforce a non-scientific, non-evidence based policy. Their official line is:
“Cannabis is a very harmful, very dangerous drug that can cause huge mental health problems and addiction”