Cultivation is the tending of plants, i.e. watering, feeding, nurturing etc.
Penalties available for cultivation of cannabis
A person can only be charged with cultivation or production, not both offences together.
The reason that an individual would be charged with production instead of cultivation is because production is classed as a ‘trafficking’ offence, which allows the authorities to order a POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act) hearing.
Separate to the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, in recent years, a number of countries have moved to decriminalize the recreational use of cannabis.
Can cannabis be prescribed for medical use in the UK?
In Italy, the personal possession of cannabis is not a criminal offence, albeit civil sanctions such as the suspension of a driver’s licence might be applied.
In what countries is cannabis use legal?
Finally those calling for the reform of cannabis laws, such as the former Conservative leader William Hague, have also pointed to the widespread use of cannabis amongst the population. This, they suggest, undermines the rule of law, and risks criminalizing people who are otherwise law abiding. It is claimed that when a law has ceased to be credible, and police enthusiasm for enforcing it has waned, respect for the law in general is damaged. If a law is not supported or enforced, they argue that it should be disposed with.