UK Cannabis Laws Changing?
Unfortunately, despite a growing world trend of legalization and decriminalization of Cannabis use in different parts of the world, from Uruguay to Seattle, with fantastic statistics in favor of it, in the UK, Cannabis remains illegal for recreational consumption. The laws in the UK currently allow for medicinal use of Cannabis to treat certain chronic conditions.
But at this time, if you’re caught carrying or using cannabis, classed as a class B drug, you can be persecuted to the full extent of the law , and if found guilty could be brandished with fines, community service, and even jail time, especially if it is determined that your cannabis was not strictly for self consumption, but that you may have had an intent to deal.
The maximum penalty that you can incur for unauthorized possession of Cannabis in the UK is actually as much as 5 years. However, usually if you are carrying a small amount of Cannabis, just under an ounce, you can get out with just a notice, a “Cannabis warning” that will not show up in your Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, and therefore not have an adverse affect about important things such as your employment opportunities.
All in all, compared to other countries in the western world, in Europe and otherwise, the UK is behind when it comes to progressive Cannabis laws. Cannabis is the most common drug in the UK. As of 2014, possession of Cannabis makes for 67% of total drug related cases in the UK. Many resources are spent to fight the illegal trafficking, while the main benefactors are often people and organizations related to crime. Cannabis is widely and commonly used and is not proven to be in anyway a danger to society or individuals. Talk of reform in Cannabis laws have been growing with many different organizations actively seeking to promote it. Time will tell if the UK can get with the times and make Cannabis a state regulated substance.