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Cannabis use in the UK?
    #3952926 - 03/22/05 12:02 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Okay, I'm sure this topic has been covered before (search didn't turn up exactly what I was looking for), but anyway, I was searching for what the specifics of Cannabis laws are in the Uk are. I stopped smoking here, as my girlfriend doesn't like me doing illegal things (plus I have school to worry about), and I was researching about marijuana use in the UK, and keep getting conflicting information, some things say that you will not get arrested, some info says you will, and other info says its a-ok to have under 2 grams. Also, are the laws more severe from someone visiting from an oustide country? I have a feeling it's not worth my time to try and consume cannabis while in the UK. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: blacksabbathrulz]
    #3953110 - 03/22/05 01:11 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I cant really comment on the legality of it. Its not to common to get buds there, mostly hash. When I as there last summer we managed to procure after a long night at a club. It was few grams of some black stringy weed , seeds and all. But we rolled it up and smoked above the Thames as the sun came up. Then we went round the corner for a real deal english breakfast from a greasy diner. It was one of my most memorable times smoking despite the piss poor look of the weed.


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: blacksabbathrulz]
    #3953216 - 03/22/05 01:41 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I would say its not worth your while because the bud is very expensive in the UK.

As far as the police are concerned I think its at the officers discretion. Some will rope you down the cop shop, some will just throw your weed away!

It would be interesting to have a law type person explain the precise technicalities and loopholes.


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: Ego Death]
    #3957605 - 03/23/05 03:07 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

bump.


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: erags]
    #3957632 - 03/23/05 03:12 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

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Its not to common to get buds there, mostly hash.




You must have just been unlucky! The UK is swimming in bud.

As for the legality, cannabis use has effectively been decriminalised for personal use i.e you just get a ticking off and a caution at most. However the penalties for dealing and cultivation remain the same, go figure!


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: GazzBut]
    #3957690 - 03/23/05 03:26 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

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GazzBut said:
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Its not to common to get buds there, mostly hash.




You must have just been unlucky! The UK is swimming in bud.

As for the legality, cannabis use has effectively been decriminalised for personal use i.e you just get a ticking off and a caution at most. However the penalties for dealing and cultivation remain the same, go figure!




What if you are foreign, if you got caught with it, in small quantities, would you be deported?


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: blacksabbathrulz]
    #3957742 - 03/23/05 03:47 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Unless you were smoking in a policeman's face I don't think you would get nicked. If you got caught with about a Henry and you were in London you would probably get it taken off you, and a telling off.


http://www.urban75.com/Drugs/cannabis.html

As of 29th January 2004, cannabis has been reclassified from a Class B to a Class C drug in the UK. Here's a summary of how the changes may affect you:

If you're 17 or under, you'll be arrested and taken to a police station for a formal warning (your parent or guardian will be asked to attend). If it's not your first offence you may earn a drugs conviction in court.

If you are over 18, the police will confiscate your drugs and will most likely give you a warning - but they still have the power to arrest you if you are:
(a) a repeat offender
(b) smoking in public
(c) a threat to public order
(d) have cannabis near any premises used by children.

Supplying and dealing remains a far more serious offence than possession and the maximum penalty for supplying and dealing Class C is still 14 years plus an unlimited fine.

Here's a summary of what reclassification means:

Before: CLASS B CANNABIS
Illegal.
If you are under 18, you will be arrested and given a formal warning.
Up to 5 years in jail for possession
Up to 14 years in jail for supplying or dealing

After: CLASS C CANNABIS
It's still illegal
If you are under 18, you will be arrested and given a formal warning
Up to 2 years in jail for possession
Up to 14 years in jail for supplying or dealing

Cannabis is still illegal., but the maximum penalty for possession has gone down to two years in jail. If you're over 18 years old, the police will now most likely confiscate the drug and give you a warning rather than dragging you down the Cop Shop.


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: psilomonkey]
    #3957797 - 03/23/05 04:15 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

It's not worth risking two years in jail, or getting deported in order to get high on my vacation :frown:


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: blacksabbathrulz]
    #3957878 - 03/23/05 04:49 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

The 2 years is for supply. Having multiple bags, lots of cash or a few ounces on you will get you into trouble.

Edit: Nah, I got it wrong, they can still do you, but its not common.


Edited by psilomonkey (03/23/05 04:51 AM)


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: psilomonkey]
    #3957888 - 03/23/05 04:56 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Fresh mushrooms are still legal (for now).

http://www.camdenmushroomcompany.com/ (expensive but easy to find)


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Re: Cannabis use in the UK? [Re: psilomonkey]
    #3957984 - 03/23/05 06:36 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

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psilomonkey said:
Fresh mushrooms are still legal (for now).

http://www.camdenmushroomcompany.com/ (expensive but easy to find)




That's cool, although I don't think I would feel comfortable ingesting shrooms in a foreign country, especially seeing I have only done them 3 times.


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