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is it illegal to grow cannabis in the uk

If your company no longer needs a controlled drugs licence you will need to submit a controlled drugs licence return premises closure statement. Even if you continue to trade but no longer handle controlled drugs you will need to submit a statement.

If you have subscribed to the DBS update service, you should include this information in your licence application.

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

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

Annual hemp grower statement

Added important date information for industrial hemp licence applications for the 2022 growing season.

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.

Our fees cover the costs of processing an application and are charged per licensing decision so different fee levels may apply. The fee levels are set out in the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2010. Read the full list of fees for controlled drugs licences.

Monday 28 February 2022

You can read details of how we handle your personal information.

Information for prospective growers of low THC cannabis (industrial hemp), for the production of seed and fibre only.

Is it illegal to grow cannabis in the uk

Their reason for classifying cannabis as a “controlled” substance they say, is to protect people from themselves.

Class B under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

If you have been affected by a cannabis law and need help with your case we strongly advise you get in touch with Release.org.uk and give them a call at your soonest convenience moment. They are experts in their field and are genuinely lovely people that will listen and give you the best legal advice possible.

Cultivation & Production
Section 6 of the MDA71 states cultivation is prohibited without holding a valid licence granted by the Home Office.

Punishment by the Act is from three years in prison. Sentencing Guidelines suggest different punishment severity depending on the circumstances and the weight of the controlled substance found.