Are Cannabis Seeds Legal In The UK?
Are cannabis seeds legal?
In a word… YES!
There is often some confusion about the legality of cannabis seeds. In the UK. Despite it being illegal to posses or sell cannabis itself, cannabis seeds are in fact legal to buy, sell and trade
In Europe and the rest of the world there is a trend towards are decriminalisation and legalisation of cannabis after many years of prohibition. Countries like Spain, Portugal have decriminalised cannabis for personal use and you are allowed to grow your own plants and many other countries such as Germany, Italy and Denmark have legalised the plant for medical use. And in the USA the cannabis industry is booming with many states completely legalising it.
However in the UK, there’s a big BUT… The cultivation of the cannabis is illegal, so if it was proven that you intended to use cannabis seeds to grow plants it’s possible you could be prosecuted.
Cannabis reforms are gradually taking place in the UK.The legalisation in many states in the US, has paved the way for other countries around the world to follow suit and there is a snowball of countries relaxing their laws. in 2018 medicinal marijuana was legalised in the UK and there is a vast array of CBD products available on the market (CBD products are due to start being regulated in March 2021).
Ironically despite the fact that cultivation and possession remains illegal, the UK remains the world’s largest exporter of medicinal grade cannabis, and is the largest illegal exporter too. The government have unsurprisingly been accused of hypocrisy as while they allow the mass manufacture and exportation of the worlds leading cannabis based medicinal product Sativex, it remains difficult to get prescriptions for the drug and has only become legal in the past 2 years in the UK
FYI Sativex is manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, a company that Teresa May’s Husband is a substantial share holder in.
Despite it remaining illegal in the UK in reality police are adopting a laid back approach more and more. Records show that punishments for the possession of cannabis have fallen from 140,000 in 2010, to less than 60,000 in 2017.
The Current Situation
Cannabis became illegal in the UK in 1928 as an addition to the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1920. Despite its illegality, data from the Home Office reportedly shows that there has been a steady rise of cannabis usage.
Changed from Class C drug under Tony Blair’s government but brought back up to a Class B under Gordon Brown.
Most recently, Arfon Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales has suggested that the UK should begin to regulate cannabis and that people should be allowed to grow a small amount in their own homes. He argues that in his career, violent crimes are more often committed as a result of alcohol consumption rather than cannabis, yet alcohol is a legal substance.
Medical Cannabis has been legal in the UK and available on doctor’s prescription since 1st November 2018. However, doctors have been wary about prescribing it based on concerns over its efficacy.
Prosecution rates as low as 15% in some regions, with some Police Forces stating that they are no longer targeting recreational users.
Are you allowed to grow Grow Cannabis in the UK?
In a word… No!
The manufacture of any drugs, including marijuana is illegal. The reality is that if you were to get caught with a small number of plants you’re likely to get a caution or an on the spot fine of £80. But rest assured it is possible to be prosecuted for cultivating cannabis, especially if they suspect you’re growing it to sell. That would be considered supplying which is a much for serious offence and can result in jail time.