Prosecution rates for cannabis possession are as low as 15 per cent in Cornwall and Devon, while Durham Police have said they will no longer target recreational users at all.
Being caught with cannabis comes with a maximum of five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.
The use of most drugs has declined in the UK since records began in 1996, according to a 2016 Home Office survey.
Medical forms of marijuana are available over the counter or by prescription in the UK – but it is heavily monitored and regulated.
The Liberal Democrats became the first major British political party to support the legalisation of cannabis in March 2016.
MARIJUANA has been illegal in the UK since 1928 – but will laws around the Class B drug be relaxed?
Doctors were given the go-ahead to prescribe cannabis products to patients from November 1, 2018.
However, some police forces have taken a more laid-back attitude to the recreational drug, which is believed to be the most popular in the UK.
Cannabis remains illegal to possess, grow, distribute, sell or grow in the UK.
Here's everything you need to know about cannabis
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In the UK, illegal drugs are classified into three main categories. They can be Class A, B or C, with A attracting the most serious punishments and fines.
Production is an escalated charge of cultivation whereby the organised nature, scale of the operation or number of plants surpasses a limit set out by the Court Sentencing Guidelines. This limit is 25 plants and other supporting evidence such as scales, communications and baggies can play a factor. It carries a higher sentencing recommendation than cultivation.
Police do however, have the power to stop you in a public place or while in your vehicle and request the reason why you are in the place to make sure you have a valid reason. This is called a Stop and Account and is designed to assist in removing doubt of suspicious activity in an area.
Nb. Typically low level dealers are given suspended sentences but this should not be taken as a given.
ASK QUESTIONS Treat it as a conversation not a confrontation.
There must be at least two officers present and if it is a female being searched a female officer must be present and perform the search.
Advice from Y STOP a help and information service on Stop and Search suggest that you ask these questions if you are being asked to take part in a Stop and Search.
UK Cannabis Law Class B under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Three strikes system and £90 fine with police before going to court for possession Zero tolerance on driving under the