You can get a fine or prison sentence if you:
The penalty is likely to be more severe if you are found to be supplying drugs (dealing, selling or sharing).
Psychoactive substances penalties
The maximum penalties for drug possession, supply (selling, dealing or sharing) and production depend on what type or ‘class’ the drug is.
Food, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, medicine and the types of drugs listed above do not count as psychoactive substances.
The penalties depend on the type of drug or substance, the amount you have, and whether you’re also dealing or producing it.
Offence Range: Discharge – 10 years’ imprisonment.
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:
A person can only be charged with cultivation or production, not both offences together.
Penalties available for cultivation of cannabis
Maximum: 14 years’ imprisonment and/or unlimited fine.
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.
There is more information on this issue in sentencing for drug offences.
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.
“Cannabis is a very harmful, very dangerous drug that can cause huge mental health problems and addiction”
The only time you must give your personal details to the Police is if you are being cautioned or arrested and you have been told what offence you have committed and what act of law you have broken. Failure to give your name and address to the police in the event of being served a £90 fine for possession can result in arrest and being detained at a Police station.
Criminal penalties and prison time for cultivation
Advice from Y STOP a help and information service on Stop and Search suggest that you ask these questions if you are being asked to take part in a Stop and Search.