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Will I get criminal record if I get caught with cannabis? What will the police do if I’m caught with cannabis on me?

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Added: 
27th Jan 2014

If you’re caught with even a small amount of cannabis, the police will confiscate it and you can be arrested. What the police will do depends on the circumstances and how old you are.

Usually, you’ll get a cannabis warning if you’re 18 and over. If you’re under 18, you’ll get a reprimand and your parent or guardian will also be contacted. The police are more likely to arrest you if you are blatantly smoking in public and/or have been caught with cannabis before.

If you’re under 18, the second time you get caught you’re likely to get a final warning and be referred to a Youth Offending Team. If you’re 18 and over, the second time you get caught you’re likely to get a Penalty Notice of Disorder, which is an on-the-spot fine of £80. This gets logged on the Police National Computer.

Regardless of how old you are, if you’re caught with cannabis for a third time it’s likely you will be arrested. The maximum penalty for possession of cannabis is five years in prison plus an unlimited fine.

Dealing is a very serious offence, in the eyes of the law. This includes giving drugs to friends. People who grow cannabis in their homes or carry larger amounts on them also risk being charged with intent to supply. The maximum penalty for growing and supplying cannabis is 14 years in prison plus an unlimited fine.

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