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.
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:
Penalties available for cultivation of cannabis
There is more information on this issue in sentencing for drug offences.
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, not both offences together.
Possession of small amounts of the drug will be punished with fines rather than jail time, a step short of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s goal of legalising pot.
However, some police forces have taken a more laid-back attitude to the recreational drug, which is believed to be the most popular in the UK.
Being caught with cannabis comes with a maximum of five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.
Some US states have legalised marijuana while others allow it for medicinal use only.
Where is weed legal?
Results showed the drug stopped the seizures in many cases and significantly reduced them in others.
Trials of the drug were carried out at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital on children who were having multiple seizures a day.
It found that cannabis was by some distance the most commonly used drug, with 6.5 per cent of adults aged between 16 and 59 smoking in the previous year.
Is it illegal to smoke cannabis in your own home?
Canada legalised cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2001. But in October 2018 Canada became the first G7 nation to legalise recreational use of the drug.
MARIJUANA has been illegal in the UK since 1928 – but will laws around the Class B drug be relaxed?