How many cannabis-related arrests are there each year in Australia?

In 2018-19, there were 71,151 cannabis arrests in Australia (a decrease of 2% since the last reporting period). Of these, 91% were consumer arrests and 9% were provider arrests.

Source: Australian Crime Commission (2020). Illicit Drug Data Report 2018-19.

Consumer Arrests: The Australian Crime Commission differentiates between people who have been apprehended for trading in, as opposed to using, illicit drugs. Those charged with user-type offences (possessing or administering drugs for their own use) are classified as consumers.

Provider Arrests: The Australian Crime Commission differentiates between people who have been apprehended for trading in, as opposed to using, illicit drugs. Those charged with supply-type offences (importation, trafficking, selling, cultivation and manufacture) are classified as providers.