A person can only be charged with cultivation or production, not both offences together.
Cultivation is the tending of plants, i.e. watering, feeding, nurturing etc.
Penalties available for cultivation of cannabis
There is more information on this issue in sentencing for drug offences.
Maximum: 14 years’ imprisonment and/or unlimited fine.
Psychoactive substances include things like nitrous oxide (‘laughing gas’).
The penalties depend on the type of drug or substance, the amount you have, and whether you’re also dealing or producing it.
Psychoactive substances penalties
The penalty is likely to be more severe if you are found to be supplying drugs (dealing, selling or sharing).
Types of drugs
Police can issue a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £60 on the first 2 times that you’re found with khat. If you’re found with khat more than twice, you could get a maximum penalty of up to 2 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.
In 2002, Home Secretary David Blunkett announced that he might permit the medical use of cannabis if clinical trials of the drug were successful.
The Home Office stated that this meant “that senior clinicians will be able to prescribe the medicines to patients with an exceptional clinical need”. The new regulations provided for a definition of cannabis-based medicines and set out that only doctors on the General Medical Council’s specialist register could prescribe these medicines.
In what countries is cannabis use legal?
Disagreements between the Government and the ACMD over drugs classification continued, culminating in the dismissal of the ACMD chair, Professor David Nutt, in November 2009, following his frequent public criticisms of the government’s drugs policy.
Ministers appeared sympathetic to evidence that cannabis was getting stronger, due to the greater availability of skunk, and the reported links between cannabis use and mental illness.
What is the law on cannabis in the UK?
Recreational use of cannabis is also decriminalised in a number of other countries, including Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica and Luxembourg, and Uruguay.