Step 1 - Determine the offender's role then the category of harm.
The offender's role
Leading role: Plays a leading position in organizing production, links to and influence on others, substantial financial gain uses fake business and abuses position of trust.
Significant role: Person Involved in operations at management level by pressure, intimidation or reward and motivated by finance with some awareness of the commercial scale.
Lesser role: Person performs limited functions, engaged by pressure or intimidation, through naivety, no influence on others and very little awareness of commercial scale.
The category of harm for Cannabis
Category 1 - 200kg Cannabis
Category 2 - 40kg Cannabis
Category 3 - 6kg Cannabis
Category 4 - 100 grams Cannabis
Step 2 - sentencing range guidelines for Cannabis Class B
Leading role: Starting Point: 8 yrs Category Range: 7-10 yrs
Significant role: Starting Point: 5 yrs Category Range: 5-7 yrs
Lesser role: Starting Point: 4 yrs Category Range: 2-5 yrs
Leading role: Starting Point: 6 yrs Category Range: 4-6 yrs
Significant role: Starting Point: 4 yrs Category Range: 2-5 yrs
Lesser role: Starting Point: 2 yrs Category Range: 18m-3 yrs
Leading role: Starting Point: 4 yrs Category Range: 2 yrs 6m-5 yrs
Significant role: Starting Point: 2 yrs Category Range: 18m-3 yrs
Lesser role: Starting Point: 1 yr Category Range: 12w-18m
Where the quantity falls below the indicative amount set out for category 4 above, 1st identify the role for the importation offense, then refer to the starting point and ranges for possession or supply offenses depending on intent.
Consider factors which indicate a reduction such as assistance to the prosecution
Reduction for guilty plea
Increase if more than one offense or the offender is already serving.
Confiscation and ancillary orders; including POCA, forfeiture orders and destruction orders
Reasons explanation for sentence – extenuating circumstances count
consider time spent on remand in custody or bail.
Destruction Confiscation orders
Travel restriction orders. Judge's have a wide discretion which has to be exercised carefully and has to be proportional R v. Mee 2004 Crim L R 487 and section 33 CJ and Police Act 2001
If drugs imported by car or lorry a driving ban may be considered; section 146 or 147 of the Power of Criminal Court (Sentencing) Act 2000