24 Jan Medicinal Use Of Cannabis Recognised As Mitigation

The Sentencing Council has published its new drug offences guidelines. These come into force in the courts on 27th February 2012.

For the first time courts will be told to reduce sentences for cannabis possession if it is being used for medicinal purposes.

Download the guidelines here.

Interpretation of these guidelines is not easy but the consensus now seems to be that if you’re growing nine plants or fewer and if you have a recognised medical condition (tell your doctor and make sure it’s in your notes) you face only a fine or a low level community order or even a discharge

If this is correct then it is exactly what I had predicted after the consultation period and very, very welcome.

CLEAR will, of course, publish very shortly an in-depth analysis of what these guidelines mean for cannabis users.