Is It Illegal To Smoke Cannabis In Your Home In The UK And What Can Your Neighbors Do If You’re Smoking Weed

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Cannabis has been completely illegal in the UK since 1971, but now calls are growing for the laws restricting the Class-B drug to be relaxed.

Here’s everything you need to know about cannabis, including whether you can smoke it at home…

Is it illegal to smoke weed in your own home?

Like all drugs in Britain, weed is regulated extremely stringently by the government.

The Class-B substance carries a maximum five-year sentence and an unlimited fine if you’re caught in possession of it.

Meanwhile, supply and production of the drug could land you a hefty 14-year sentence and an unlimited fine.

As those harsh punishments suggest, it’s completely illegal to smoke weed anywhere in Britain – including on your own property.

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.

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.

What can you do if your neighbors are smoking cannabis?

If you suspect your neighbors are smoking weed in their house you have the right to contact the police.

Your anonymous tip-off will probably ensure that your neighbor gets a knock on their door, which could result in a search if the officers share your suspicions.

They could be charged if they are found to be in possession of cannabis, although this is all dependent on their previous convictions.

Where is weed smoking legal?

Weed has been legalized for personal use in a number of countries, including Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal, which decriminalized 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 for recreational use of it.

Campaigners have highlighted the potential health benefits of cannabis, but only when used in moderation.

The drug has been suggested to reduce symptoms in patients who suffer from seizures and chronic pain.

In Australia, Puerto Rico, Poland, Czech Republic, Canada, Turkey, Croatia and Macedonia it is legal for medicinal purposes.