Under Section 4 of the Misuse of Drug Act 1971you could be charged with activities relating to the manufacturing, production and cultivation of drugs. In
recent years there has been a marked increase in the amount of “cannabis farms” detected by police. In 2014 Crime Stoppers UK reported an increase of more that 150% of detected cannabis farms compared to 4 years previously. Between 2007 and 2011 the number of discovered cannabis farms in West Yorkshire went up 220%.
If you have been arrested and charged with cultivation or production of cannabis you will be suspected of undertaking one or more roles in the cultivation process. These can include organising the production, using your business as a cover or having a management role in the larger chain which leads to the production. The types of role are categorised by the CPS in to “leading”, “significant” and “lesser” which along with the scale of the output of the facility determine the severity of the crime which you can be charged with and therefore the potential sentence you could face.
The courts take the growing and cultivation of cannabis very seriously particularly with the more severe categories of crime. If you are charged with a crime of this nature it is imperative to seek out the advice of an experienced drug crimes solicitor who will be able to assess all facts of the case and put together a structured considered defence.