This guide explains the Cannabis Seeds UK Law, the growing and possession of cannabis and provides a brief summary and links to the groups who are actively seeking a change in the law.
Cannabis UK Law
The Government insist that they have no intention of changing the laws surrounding activities relating to cannabis and continue to reinforce their 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”.
Their reason for classifying cannabis as a “controlled” substance they say, is to protect people from themselves.
Cannabis is a Class B Drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Although it is given the title of a “controlled drug” there is actually very little control that anyone has over it as the commercial market is predominantly run by organised crime and completely unregulated. There is no control over who produces it, who sells it, who it is sold to, or even that the quality of the product is safe to consume.
Cannabis Seeds UK Law
In the UK, it is legal to own cannabis seeds, such as the ones available on the Discount Cannabis Seeds website, but it is illegal to grow or attempt to grow the cannabis plant from these seeds unless you have a licence from the Home Office.
Cultivation of Cannabis
Cultivation is the tending of plants, i.e. watering, feeding, nurturing etc.
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.
A person can only be charged with cultivation or production, rather than both offences together.
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.
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.
Possession of Cannabis
If caught in possession of cannabis, as well as considering arrest and confiscating the drug, police are likely to:
Penalties for Drug Possession and Dealing
The penalties depend on which drug and the amount you have, and whether you are also dealing or producing the drug. The most severe penalty can be an unlimited fine and life in prison.
Active groups seeking a change in the UK Law or providing help to people affected by drugs.
CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform
CLEAR is the UK's largest membership-based cannabis policy group. They campaign for medicinal cannabis on prescription and regulated access for adults.
UKCIA is one of the oldest cannabis law reform websites in the UK. It was set up in 1995 right at the dawn of the internet by the remaining members of the original LCC, the old “Legalise Cannabis Campaign”. The idea was to put the knowledge and experience gained in running the LCC online for people to use.
Transform is a charitable think tank that campaigns for the legal regulation of drugs both in the UK and internationally. Prohibition cannot be judged a success on any front. Handing control of the drug trade to organised criminals has had disastrous consequences across the globe. Transform works to get drugs under control by advocating for strict regulation of all aspects of the trade.
Drugwise is an online drug information service aiming to provide evidence-based drug information, policy and reports. There are many robust international and internationally-relevant national reports and reviews in all these areas. The problem is that they are not all in one place.
This is why Drugwise have created I-Know, the international knowledge hub which over time will build up a library of information, policy and practice material.
Drug Policy Reform
The Drug Policy Reform is an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in the UK parliament that is composed of politicians from all political parties.
The APPG for Drug Policy Reform began in January 2011 with the position of the Group being:
FRANK is a UK government information website which helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs.
Medical Cannabis Law Reform
Medical Marijuana is the UK’s most comprehensive online source for news, information, research, personal testaments and discussion on the medicinal benefits of cannabis, and cannabis extracts.
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