Annual breakdown of the number of prosecutions for cannabis possession over the last five years.
The answer to your question is provided in the following table by financial year:
|People prosecuted in Scottish courts for illegal possession of cannabis, where main charge, 2014-15 to 2018-19|
|Main crime/offence||Drug type||2014-15||2015-16||2016-17||2017-18||2018-19|
|Possession of drugs1||Cannabis||1,694||1,809||1,672||1,237||1,066|
1. This does not include 'possession with intent to supply'.
Source: Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings database
The Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings database is not a live system and the latest available information is for the financial year 2018-19. Statistics are presented on the number of people dealt with by the Scottish Criminal Justice System where proceedings have concluded.
Information for 2019-20 will not be available until publication of the Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2019-20 Statistical Bulletin. This is due to be published on 18th May 2021. The dates of all Scottish Government Official and National Statistics publications are pre-announced, and the up to date list of future publications can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/ForthcomingPubs
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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