Is it legal to smoke weed at home? UK cannabis laws explained
- 5 Nov 2020, 8:30
- Updated : 5 Nov 2020, 8:40
CANNABIS use is a hotly contested topic the world over – but what are the rules in the UK?
Here we explain the laws surrounding smoking weed, and if it is ok to do it in your own home.
Is it legal for people to smoke cannabis if it’s in their own home?
Cannabis, marijuana or weed is classified as a Class B drug, putting it in the same category as ketamine and amphetamine.
Just because someone is using the drug within their own premises doesn’t make it legal.
And the pungent, slightly floral smell of someone smoking cannabis is often hard to disguise and most people won’t want the stench creeping over into their gardens or homes.
Despite specialist doctors being granted the ability to prescribe cannabis oil on November 1, clinicians say the prospect of legalising smokeable marijuana is unlikely.
How is cannabis classified and what are the penalties?
At present, it is a class B, with very limited exceptions.
You can get up to two years in prison for possession of cannabis.
But the penalty for possession would be up to five years in prison if it is decided that there was an intent to supply
If you’re under 18, the police are allowed to tell your parent, guardian or carer that you’ve been caught with drugs.
Police can issue a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90 if you’re found with cannabis.
If I call the police, will my neighbours find out it was me who dobbed them in?
No. Police will never give away a caller’s identity and your neighbour will not be informed that a complaint came from a neighbour.
A police spokeswoman said that officers might also use tip-offs to advise where they go on patrol.
Then, if the officers were to smell cannabis themselves, they might knock on the door and investigate that way.
The resulting punishment for the user depends on many different variables including how much cannabis the smoker is in possession of and whether they’ve been caught with it before.
If you are caught with the drug cops can issue an on-the-spot fine if you have less than one ounce.
Where is it legal to smoke weed?
There are a number of countries where you can smoke weed without getting into trouble.
Canada, some parts of the US and within size limit in Mexico it is all ok.
Belize, Jamaica and Argentina are also ok with the use of the drug.
Uruguay, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and Australia all have decriminalised possession of cannabis.
How is cannabis classified and what are the penalties?
Cannabis remains illegal to possess, grow, distribute or sell in the UK, according to the Home Office.
Being caught with cannabis comes with a maximum of five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.
While being convicted of producing and supplying the Class-B drug carries up to 14 years behind bars, an unlimited fine, or both.
Police can issue a warning or on-the-spot fine if you’re caught with a small amount – generally less than one ounce – if it is deemed for personal use.
Where is weed smoking legal?
Weed has been legalised for personal use in a number of countries, including Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal, which decriminalised the use of all drugs in 2001.
Recently it has also become legal for medical and recreational use across much of the United States, with California the most recent state to allow it for recreational use.
In 2018 Canada legalised cannabis for recreational use, only the second nation to do so.
Campaigners have highlighted the potential health benefits of cannabis, but only when used in moderation.
Is it illegal to smoke cannabis in your own home in the UK and what can you do if your neighbours are smoking weed
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Cigarette and marijuana smoke have distinct odors that can alert other people in your home to what you are doing. While smoking indoors is never an ideal situation, there are times when it can be preferable to going outside. If your need to smoke is worth the risk of getting caught, there are a lot of things you can do to minimize your chances of being caught, including smoking in the bathroom, directing the smoke outside, filtering smoke through a sploof, and properly disposing of the evidence.
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To smoke in your room without getting caught, start by placing a damp towel along the crack at the bottom of your door to stop smoke getting through. The smell of tobacco and marijuana can easily linger on your clothes, so consider taking off your shirt, or setting aside a shirt that you only wear for smoking. If you have long hair, you can also tie it back in a bandanna or shower cap to protect it from the smell. Then, open a window or turn on your ventilator and blow your smoke towards it. When you’re finished smoking, light a candle or incense stick or spray some air freshener around the room to mask the smell. For more tips, including how to smoke in your bathroom without getting caught, read on!
How to Smoke Without Getting Caught. Cigarette and marijuana smoke have distinct odors that can alert other people in your home to what you are doing. While smoking indoors is never an ideal situation, there are times when it can be…