UK Limit For Personal Grow Reduced From 9 Cannabis Plants to 7

The number of cannabis plants that will be considered for personal use by UK courts is to be reduced from nine to just seven. 

This means that if you get caught growing more than seven plants, rather than being considered for personal use and getting you a caution, community order or a suspended sentence, you could theoretically face a more severe penalty. 

Of course, other factors will also determine how you are dealt with, such as evidence of profiting or dealing. 

The change to UK drug sentencing guidelines came into force on April Fool’s Day (1st April) 2021.

Harm category

As well as the limit for what is considered a category 4 harm reducing from nine to seven plants, what is considered a category 3 harm is being reduced from 28 to 20 plants. 

Categories of harm – 1 (lowest) to 4 (highest) – are set by the Sentencing Council based on “output or potential output… determined by the weight of the product or number of plants/scale of operation.”

The Sentencing Council state that they “assume a yield of 55g per plant,” which is, of course, pretty low.

The change in sentencing guidelines may be a response to improved genetics and growing techniques that produce larger yields in modern cannabis plants. 

Class B

Cannabis is a Class B drug in the UK, with possession carrying a maximum sentence of op to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, and supply/production carrying a maximum sentence of Up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. This is true for CBD-rich cannabis too.

Cannabis was legalised in the UK for medicinal use two years ago. Despite this, prescriptions from the NHS have been hard to come by. Private prescriptions, meanwhile, are more readily available.

The price of fulfilling these medical cannabis prescriptions has dropped to near street prices, although variety and quality are still lacking generally. 

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