Is it illegal to grow hemp in the UK in 2021? What if I tell them that I didn't know there was CBD growing in my backyard?
Joel Taylor (Wednesday, July 07, 2021):
Whether you knew that there was hemp growing in your backyard or not doesn't really matter. Currently, it is illegal to just grow hemp in the UK unless you have special permissions, and even then you aren't allowed to harvest it to make CBD. So what this means is that if you're caught with hemp growing in your backyard and you don't have a license, you're in for some trouble.
Avik Das (Wednesday, July 07, 2021):
Yes, it is currently legal to grow hemp in the UK. However, you would need a legal license from Home Office to grow hemp in your backyard. Moreover, only hemp plants with less than 0.02% THC are allowed to grow in the UK. After getting the license, you would be eligible of growing hemp, and your local police station should know that you are growing it, else you could be in trouble.