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Marijuana Arrests (17487_18)


I would like to request the disclosure of statistics for marijuana related arrests since 2013 under the freedom of information act. Could you also break it down year by year?


Please find enclosed our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Grand Total
Arrests 2157 1706 1487 1404 1090 869 8713

*It is important to note – The above table is arrests so may include occasions where a person is arrested for more than one offence, i.e. production and possession with intent to supply.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.