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Cannabis - No Big Deal?

Cannabis is a Class B drug. That means it's illegal. Its use can cause serious long term health problems.

Cannabis blueSuch as:

  • Affects psychological development in young people.
  • Can cause a higher than average risk of developing a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia.
  • Can lead to a serious psychiatric illness.
  • Damages concentration & motivation.
  • Adversely affects your heart rate & blood pressure.
  • Can damage fertility in men and women.
  • Leads to dependency.
  • Significantly increases the risk of lung cancer.

Is Cannabis Legal?

Cannabis is a class B drug and it is illegal to use, possess, supply or produce the drug.

In England and Wales, a first offence for possession of cannabis could attract a community resolution, conditional cautions or charge for the offence. Any aggravating factors are likely to lead to an arrest and prosecution.

The maximum sentence in a magistrates' court is a penalty of three months imprisonment and/or a fine (maximum £2,500). In a Crown Court the maximum sentence is five years imprisonment and/or a fine. A conviction of production and/or supply of the drug can carry a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

However, it is worth noting that these are only proposed penalties. It does not necessarily mean that a first offence for possession will certainly be met with a warning. The Crown Prosecution Service could decide to prosecute a first time offender for possession of more than a minimal amount of the drug.

CANNS helpline (for cannabis and skunk) offers support - mainly to loved ones who are affected by the taking of cannabis and skunk, but also for addicts - Tel: 0844 3351506.