It is a serious criminal offence if you are accused of the cultivation of cannabis, or producing other drugs. If you are accused of this offence the police and prosecution must show that:
- You have been cultivating (growing) any plant of the cannabis family.
Cultivation of cannabis can range from simple growing of cannabis plants to complicated hydroponic arrangements where the plants are grown on a massive commercial scale and involve complex water, heating and lighting arrangements in order to try and maximise the yield of cannabis plants which can be grown. In the same way, the people accused of cultivation range from habitual cannabis users growing a number of plants that they intend to harvest and smoke for their own personal use; to organised gangs who convert entire buildings to complex cannabis farms.
An individual can only be charged with cultivation or production, not both.
The offence of cultivating cannabis is an either-way offence, this means it can be heard in either the Magistrates or the Crown Court. The maximum sentencing power in the Magistrates Court is 6 months imprisonment, and if the case is dealt with by the Crown Court the maximum is 14 years imprisonment.
The Solicitors at Spartans Law have an excellent reputation for dealing with complex drugs cases, and have secured exceptional results for clients who normally would have been facing long prison sentences. If you or someone you know are accused of cultivating cannabis, contact us to see how we can help you.