It seems that people in Durham can grow their own cannabis and they won’t be legally prosecuted for that.
In case a person is using cannabis too obviously or if a complaint has been filed against them, that individual will be faced with the consequences of their illegal actions.
However, from now on, police will only be dealing with those who are growing cannabis for commercial purposes and further distribution.
Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg also explained that if they had to deal with people who have a few cannabis plants, they would take their plants away and warn them. Another option is to offer them help to fight their addiction. There is no need to take that case to court when they have to deal with cannabis farms and bigger manufacturers.
However, his view on decriminalization of drugs was opposed by anti-drug campaigners.
According to David Raynes, there is no need to make such police announcement in public because it could serve as an encouragement to people to continue to grow their own cannabis.
Hogg also added that participation in crime reduction initiative will be offered to those caught with Class B drugs in order to avoid prosecution.