Fines and Sentences for growing cannabis in the UK

We just thought it might be interesting to have a blog to share experiences with the Law regarding cannabis.

Approximately 2 million people smoke cannabis in the UK on a regular basis and over 50% of 16-29 year olds have tried it at least once. We would rather the law was on our side with this issue but unfortunately it is not. Our opinion is that it should be a matter of one's own judgement rather than criminal charges.
Please share your experience with getting caught growing or using cannabis. It doesn't matter how big or how small the crime was as this will help people worried about the law.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

What would be the sentence for growing 1-10 plants

How likely is it that you would end up with a custodial sentence after getting caught with 1-10 plants?

There will no doubt be debate as to how lenient they are on you for small cultivation. I suppose it really comes down to circumstances and whether you had previous convictions or was found with a large sum of un explained cash. Maybe you had previous grow's evidence or you had cuttings ready to go in after this grow finished.

Please share your experience here what ever it may be!

40 comments:

  1. If you keep your grow under 18 plants you can expect to get a caution or comunity service. Anything under this amount is generally considered as personal.

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  2. bullshit some people would get jail time for 18 plants it all depends on your previous convictions and shit

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  3. Just been charged today for growing 9 plants (personal), would have been cautioned but had previous from a grow 20 years ago. Expecting a band c fine next week as I can use my ace and say it's for "medical purposes" as I had cancer which balances out my previous conviction. From end Feb 12 new sentencing guidelines put me in the lowest category band b fine , max penalty is medium CS (will remind the magistrates to follow these guidelines). First grow was a small fine no questions asked. Smokin...

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  4. Uk seems to be getting more and more relaxed about growing now so lets hope they legalize growing for personal. It would save a lot of time bullshit and money..

    A fine for 9 plants sounds about right..

    What kind of money you thinking?

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    1. Ended up with 1 year conditional discharge, £85 court costs. They weren't interested even the prosecution didn't say much. I didn't even have to show remorse nor did the magistrates give me a ticking off. The same conviction 19 years ago was not taken into account too.

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    2. I was caught growing 2 days ago only 2 plants and I have diabetes and suffer with neuropathic nerve damage and I was punched up by the copper and pepper sprayed and I have no previous convictions of anything but I got a caution and have to go on a victims awareness course which will cost me £60

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  5. Things are gettin mor relaxed. Police walked in, took set up (5 plants mature)no fine, no caution. Just signed for confiscation of paraphenalia

    www.hydro2go.co.uk

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  6. just been bust with 9 babies that had been in for 2 week the left overs from the last 9 and 3z ov bud
    no pevious convictions

    any ideas what im looking at im bailed till jan!!

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    1. Depends on lots of factors like what did you get charged with, admitted it straight away, etc...

      Try here to understand which sentencing band you fall in... http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sentencing_manual/producing_drugs/

      Good luck!

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  7. Had the police come in and take about 5oz of bud and scales and grow tank and lights but it was not set up no previous what will they do ?

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    1. I would not worry at all about what they would do for 5oz. Things are really getting relaxed in the whole of europe. I was at community service with a girl who got caught with 2kg and she got a max community order of 300 hours and an 18 month suspended sentence.

      Out of curiosity, what did you get??

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  8. I would not worry at all about what they would do for 5oz. Things are really getting relaxed in the whole of europe. I was at community service with a girl who got caught with 2kg and she got a max community order of 300 hours and an 18 month suspended sentence.

    Out of curiosity, what did you get??

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    1. Could it be your an asshole?

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  10. I think the general feeling is 1-10 plants is a slap on the wrist. Still though, the worst part is the police braking your door down. That's why you need to keep it to yourself and not get complacent.1 plant or 20 ,the neighbour will still be gossiping.

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  11. ive just been caught with 7 cuttings all set up under lights,no sophisticated set ,but also found scales feed instructions ,12oz of cannabis in sacks ,they have charged me with prodution,police think ive grew before but this was not the case as was storing the 12oz for someone ,i have only lived in my house 10wks got no previous for growing what do you think the outcome could be?

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  12. im lookin into doing 6 plants fir personal use only im in uk and was jst curios if i was caught what would be my punishment, but readin thro i think my q has been answered, slap on wrist. i hav petty prev convictikn wen was a little kid but really dont think that make diff thanks for info guys

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  13. The word sophisticated keeps cropping up and what the hell is that all about.
    If you have a tent, light, fan, filter and feeding guide is that it ?
    Ohhh, I really thought thats what you really need to grow the stuff.
    I would never steal electricity as that's another offense, grow and pay for the elecky is what I would do.
    I would never sell any, as I detest dealers.
    I would not buy from a dealer as it is against all I stand for.
    I grow to aid my wife's aches and pains and we smoke privately not in public.
    I know I am doing wrong but would I get hung, drawn and quartered for what I am about to do ?
    Its such a shame it is criminalized in the Uk for growing a half dozen plants.

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    1. Can someone please reply to this guy above ^^^^^ as i am in pretty much the same situation im considering about trying to grow 3 maybe 4 plants as it helps with my brain cancer and 4 craniotomies pain , i have no criminal convictions and no intention to sell or give any away , i live in the north of England . Any information will be greatly appreciated!! We smoke in private with my wife who has six brain aneurisms and also suffers some serious brain pain the green helps us lead a sort of normal??? life we have more conditions too many to mention including me being epileptic.Why should anyone be criminalized for a plant god gave us to help our disabilities , any ideas on such a small grow will be great ???

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    2. for this level of growing you are looking at a caution and worst case a fine in the UK that is. Depends where you are growing but certainly for medical conditions they will not even take you to court I would have thought.

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  14. Im thinking of doing 10 low rider plants 5cheese and 5pineapple chunk in channel islands. What do you think the sentence would be if i got caught when they were fully grown and ready to go???

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  15. 9 plants no scales, no money, 1000's of seeds and I got cationed

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  16. just got busted with 13 plants in a tent...fine a CS ya reckon?

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  17. Just been charged today for growing 10 well 11 as had twins out of one seed

    what you think said its for my self and im new to all this was up to some think to help with my problem I have

    :-)

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    1. O yer its my 1st time not beej done for this be for nothing to do with it :-)

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    2. And thay was 5 weeks from seeds

      This is a great site bookmarked it

      thanks all :)

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    3. Would be interested to see how you got on but I think I would guess the outcome if you are UK based.

      Looking at a fine and worst case community order

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  18. Hopefully the law changes soon so we can all just chill and not need to even read the scare stories online. I think things are going to change in the coming years as America is making a massive turn around. Current Laws in the UK are very light relating to minor cultivation. If you are caught with under 10 plants the police are likely not to even take you to court. The truth is that they are not really interested in this kind of minor operation at all. you will certainly get this down to a personal charge and it is hardly making a commercial enterprise if you are selling it. Anything over 10 plants then it goes down to circumstances up to 28 plants. once you go over 28 plants then it is a chance for anyone to get prison but still it mostly depends how you present yourself and what your history is.

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  19. I was raided by the police in October 2014 after a neighbour tipped them off. I work full time as a chef and was doing it for personal use as a hobby. I had 9 cheese plants 3 weeks from flower and a ruck sack containing 490grams from the previous grow, they took £200 I had in cash and my phone, I admitted to growing for personal use and was arrested for production and possestion with intent to supply. After two months on bail I was charged with the production of 500grams of cannabis, And the intent charge was dropped as I hadn't sold any and there was no evidence of me selling ;) i had a drink drive charge in 06 and possestion of a baseball bat in 07, my solicitor told me I'd be looking at a suspended sentance or community service.. I walked away with only a £360 fine including court costs. And to be honest the judge didn't seem too bothered I think they're getting more and more relaxed on personal growers. I'm just gutted cause I wasn't hurting anyone or inflicting it on anyone, I work full time and I never smoke it in public and keep myself to myself. Just temping to do it again in a few years but only do 2-3 plants. Stay safe people just don't tell ANYONE your growing not even a close mate and don't sell it you'll be fine! ��

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  20. I can only speak for Spanish law which is incredibly vague.
    But you have several blog entries where you mention sentences for "1-10 plants","20-50 plants", 100 plants". FORGET IT.

    We were busted today in Spain where growing, possession and consumption IN PRIVATE and not visible to the public is LEGAL.

    I had 7 plants. I was told that it "possibly" wouldn't matter if there was only 1 or two plants, but with 7 etc. they cannot know whether it is grown for private use or for selling.

    He also said it can be that someone grows two plants and sells weed, while someone else might grow 100 plants and can prove it's for private use.

    Short: There is no "ok number" of plants in ANY law, not in the Spanish law and likely not in any other law.

    If a neighbour complaints (still no idea how this is even possible since the grow is not visible from outside)...I guess they're obliged to come.

    Whether a crime has been committed(aka: whether you grow with the intent to sell) is decided ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, it doesn't matter whether you grow 2 plants or 50. The judge and whatever supporting evidence decides this.

    We have to go to the "Guardia Civil" tomorrow and produce evidence that we're growing for private use, which we do. (My wife smokes to help with anxiety, we hope the doctor's prescriptions are sufficient to convince the judge or whoever will be there)

    Just showing how absurd the law is, one one hand it's "decriminalized" and you can read everywhere how it is ok (if not "legal") and not even a crime to grow and consume in private, on the other hand we just had the cops here because of my seven measly plants.

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  21. Check out www.justfeminized.com for awesome cannabis seeds at great prices.

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  22. Thanks for the posts & replies here, really interesting site & reading!

    My Q is - for these smaller grows, how are you getting caught? Was thinking of taking it up as a personal hobby! - prevention better than cure or caution! :D

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    1. Some of the spelling on here is appalling. Maybe a stint in prison would help out your grammar issues....oh and how to grow bigger better BUD ��

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  23. I walked into a friends house with only a key in hand nothing else on me and im being charged with possession with intent. Rigging a metered device and cultivation was only 1 plant the rest had been cut down. Where do you think i stand on this? Bailed til end of may?

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  26. my son has fallen out with his friend and he has threatened to inform on me for growing four plants im growing it for myself as i have arthritus and besides i like it. im registered disabled what do you think my sentence would be?

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  27. i got busted last year with 6 ready to crop lady,s they took my setup and they just cautioned me ive a bad police record so i would,nt worry'

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