Offence Range: Discharge – 10 years’ imprisonment.
A person can only be charged with cultivation or production, not both offences together.
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
Maximum: 14 years’ imprisonment and/or unlimited fine.
There is more information on this issue in sentencing for drug offences.
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:
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.
Cultivation is the tending of plants, i.e. watering, feeding, nurturing etc.
Added important date information for industrial hemp licence applications for the 2021 growing season.
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 can read details of how we handle your personal information.
If you have subscribed to the DBS update service, you should include this information in your licence application.
or call 0300 105 4848
Added important date information for industrial hemp licence applications for the 2020 growing season.
If you apply to register, or (if you are already registered) apply for a licence before the ‘application window opens’ date above we are likely to reject your request as premature. We will not hold it open and you will need to re-apply.
Friday 1 April 2022
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.
Once you have paid, the licence will be sent electronically via email.
Cannabis is a durable hemp plant which can be used to produce a number of products including seeds, pulp, and medicine. As a substance it is a controlled drug under the misuse of drugs legislation. However, changes to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations in November 2018 do now allow medicinal cannabis to be prescribed under certain circumstances.
What is the law on cannabis in the UK?
In January 2004, cannabis was downgraded to a class C drug across the country.
The history of UK cannabis law
However, the Home Secretary said a programme of public education was needed to raise understanding about the implications of cannabis consumption. The campaign was delivered in partnership with the police and also aimed to publicise the penalties for dealing, producing, and using cannabis.