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” along with “cannabis has no medicinal benefits in herbal form”. 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.
Adults (18+) in possession of cannabis
If caught in possession of cannabis, as well as considering arrest and confiscating the drug, police are likely to:
- give a cannabis warning for a first offence of possession – this is a written warning that does not show up on the PCN and should not show on CRB checks often carried out by employers.
- give a Penalty Notice for Disorder – this is an on-the-spot fine of £90 for a second offence. You must pay this within 14 days or face going to court.
- make an arrest if it is the third offence of having been caught with cannabis – this could lead to conviction in court and a criminal record.
The police do not have general powers, apart from those specified in a statute, to stop and search you. You should always ask a police officer to explain on what basis they are searching you. If no search power exists you should not be searched unless you are entering sports grounds or other premises and your consent to the search is a condition of entry.
Check out the official UK Cannabis Social Club list to see if there is a club near you.
If you have been affected by a cannabis law and need help with your case we strongly advise you get in touch with Release.org.uk and give them a call at your soonest convenient moment. They are experts in their field and are genuinely lovely people that will listen and give you the best legal advice possible.