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Penalties for importation of small
amounts of cannabis
Q - I am
in the U.S. and have a question. What is the usual consequence
(sentence) for being caught by Customs bringing a tiny
amount of personal use marijuana into the U.K., specifically
Wales? I'd really appreciate any information you can
A - The general
rule of Customs & Excise is that a total amount
of cannabis (hashish or marijuana) of under 10g (approx
3/8oz) will normally attract an on the spot fine, if
it is a first offence and there are no other reasons
to detain you. The practice is known as 'compounding',
and avoids an appearance in court. Of course, if it
happens once, you are likely to get pulled again, and
forces caution first time offenders with small amounts
for personal use, although what is defined as personal
will vary from force to force.