Recorded offences of possession of cannabis have been collected separately since 2004-05 and the figures are given in the following table. Possession of other drug types are included in the Home Office classification ‘Possession of controlled drugs (excluding cannabis)’ but the drug type cannot be separately identified.
Recent rises in recorded possession of cannabis offences are largely associated with the increased police use of powers to issue warnings for cannabis possession, these powers first becoming nationally available from 1 April 2004.
Number of offences 2004-05 88,263 2005-06 119,917 2006-07 130,395 2007-08 158,086
Number of offences