Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign

Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign

Putting an end to the War On Drugs!

Putting an end to the War On Drugs!


Cannabis in Guernsey is illegal and is scheduled as a class B drug, which means possession can and in some cases does result in a prison sentence.

  • In cases where individuals are caught with small quantities they are generally given a criminal record & a fine in the region of £400 - £500. (This is what we have seen from the most recent cases anyway).
  • Where an individual is caught wither larger (personal use) quantities or cultivating for personal use they often receive a prison sentence.
  • Guernsey is one of the few places in the world where anyone caught with drugs will have their bank accounts frozen and closed - Our understanding is that this relates to certain financial regulations.

Medical Usage

We are aware that Cannabis use is legal under a special HSSD (Health and Social Services Department) licence as per the below articles in the islands Guernsey Press from 2014 but to date information on how to apply for such a licence has been difficult to obtain.

Quality & Cost

Due to the islands geographical location and risk accosiated with importation, islanders are subjected to highly priced poor quality cannabis resin known as soap-bar. This substance is basically Cannabis hash ‘watered down’ with mixer agents such as rubber, feces and engine oil which puts users at more risk than if they could smoke good quality hash.

  • The average price is in the region of anything up-to £35 per-gram.


In 2018, the government changed its law. To allow for CBD to be used in the islands. There is specific guidence available, on what is within the law on their website here:

Below is an extract of that information:

CBD products now exempt are those meeting the following conditions:

Have its ingredients clearly labelled
Contain an aggregate of not more than 3% cannabinol or cannabinol derivatives relative to its CBD content, by weight
Not contain any other controlled drug
Not contain any plant material visible to the naked eye

The requirement regarding the percentage of cannabinol (or derivative) must be confirmed by either the States Analyst or by a laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 standard for forensic analysis of cannabinol (or derivatives).

Last Updated 09 August 2018