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Legal Status of Cannabis Seeds in the UK

Commodities / Cannabis Nov 20, 2019 - 03:53 PM GMT

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Commodities If you live in the UK and are interested in cannabis seeds, it is not always clear what is within the limits of the law and what is not. You might wonder for example: is it legal to order cannabis seeds in the UK through this web shop or via cannabis seed companies like Vault, Gorilla and Attitude seed bank? The short answer to that question is: Yes. It is legal to order and own cannabis seeds in the UK. Yet there are certain points of interest. Therefore we have written this blog “Cannabis seeds UK” where you can read everything you need to know before you buy cannabis seeds in the UK.




Weed seeds and UK law: cannabis seeds legal or illegal?

Cannabis seeds occupy a certain grey area within the law. Although it is likely that any buyer intents to germinate those seeds to ultimately produce marijuana, it cannot be proven by buying or owning cannabis seeds by itself. In fact, there are definite alternative uses for cannabis seeds, apart from producing marijuana. Being rich in proteins and amino acids, they are considered a healthy food supplement. And by themselves, the seeds have none of the effects on one’s state of mind commonly attributed to marijuana. Therefore, neither owning nor trading cannabis seeds is illegal in the UK. It is that way in most of Europe.

The main reason it is and it will probably stay that way in the foreseeable future is the signing of a treaty, following the Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1962. This important international treaty – which as such takes precedence over national law – determines that marijuana is illegal, but not its seeds. The 180 countries (including the UK) that signed the treaty, committed themselves to a definition of narcotics that does not include cannabis seeds.

Where the line is drawn?

Selling and owning cannabis seeds is legal in both the Netherlands and the UK. That makes buying seeds from our online seed shop completely legal if you are residing in the UK. However, as stated, marijuana itself is illegal as is its production or the (provable) intention to do so. That means that germinating the seeds into plants is an illegal act. A cannabis plant in that regard is no different from any other item of which the ownership is illegal. Both the actual ownership as (provable) attempts to gain ownership are illegal and punishable by law.

Can you buy cannabis seeds in the UK?

Although there aren’t many cannabis seeds stores in the UK, you can definitely find shops that sell cannabis seeds. For example in London but also in cities like Leicester and Newcastle. Yet people prefer to buy their seeds online. Especially because of the convenience, speed and discretion.

Order the best cannabis seeds online in the UK

The knowledge that your purchase of cannabis seeds in this web shop like Weedseedshop is 100 percent legal is no doubt a comforting thought. Our excellent products guarantee many more such comforts. First and foremost, we pride ourselves in the quality of our products. Our cannabis seed bank promises a 93 percent germination rate and we make good on our promises. Not enough yet? We ship all our cannabis seeds to the UK with free delivery.

The Legality of Buying and Selling Cannabis Seeds in the UK

Current UK Law on UK Cannabis Seeds

To a lot of people’s surprise – cannabis seeds are actually legal to have, buy, sell and trade in the UK. It is even legal to purchase seeds over the counter in some leading UK shops – and you can actually post to and from to a UK address if you like.

There is a very big BUT however which can sometimes be where the grey area lies in peoples head. It is not legal to germinate seeds, or to grow marijuana or to use cannabis.

If it is proven that cannabis seeds have been used with the intent to sell marijuana – heavy penalties could be incurred. In practice, it doesn’t always work out like that. Although there are marijuana seeds for sale in leading shops such as Discount Cannabis Seeds in the UK, there are instances where people aren’t using them as they should be.

This could be in part due to the lack of concern about this particular law (which doesn’t make it any less enforceable).

Precautions you should take if purchasing and Possessing Cannabis Seeds

As mentioned: using, possessing, growing and selling marijuana is illegal in the UK – however people could still purchase cannabis seeds for legitimate reasons. Some people choose to do this as interesting collectors’ items, bird food, fish bait and for other general interest purposes.

Does this then make it difficult for law enforcement to know whether or not you are planning to use the seeds to grow marijuana – or if you are using them for a perfectly acceptable reason such as fishing? In short, yes. As with everything, there is an element of subjectivity that can come with the law enforcement of possession of cannabis seeds.

If you do happen to get caught with cannabis seeds as well as marijuana plants or marijuana itself – it could definitely be viewed with suspicion that you could have them with the intent of cultivating them to sell on. Any penalties for this would be far worse and it would of course depend on the individual circumstances.

Precautions you should take if you are Selling Cannabis Seeds;

If you do plan on selling cannabis seeds, it’s really important that you emphasize to any prospective customers that the germination of the seed or the growing of marijuana is not legal in the UK to make sure you are covered.

You should also make it clear that the seeds are only meant to be used for purposes that do not relate to the growing of marijuana in any way. You could even make sure that there is a disclaimer visible stating that they are not approved by the government for consumption.

In order to make it super clear, you may even want to let customers know that if they have any queries relating to the germination or cultivation of cannabis seeds – then they won’t be sold to them. If someone did approach with a query like that, it would be fairly obvious what their intent would be, so it’s always better to be on the safe side.

Your Main Takeaway;

Although the law may seem a little murky and confusing when it comes to the purchasing and sale of cannabis seeds – it is actually quite clear cut in most respects. The liability of purchasing or selling cannabis seeds in the United Kingdom depends on what the intent is whether you are the seller or the purchaser.

If it is made fairly obvious that the purchase of these seeds is to grow marijuana – you should then be prepared for law enforcement to target you. However, if it is clear that you are actually just purchasing them for a legitimate reason, then the likelihood of you being prosecuted is much less.

When selling cannabis seeds, as long as you are sending the message that these are intended to be purchased by consumers for purely legal and legitimate reasons, then you shouldn’t find yourself with any issues.

Hopefully this guide has given you a little bit of insight regarding the overall UK law.

By Rajhu S Goraai

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