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

Cannabis arrests account for the greatest number of illicit drug arrests in Australia. In 2017-18, there were 72,381 cannabis arrests in Australia. Of these, 92% were consumer arrests and 8% were provider arrests.

Source: Australian Crime Commission (2019). Illicit Drug Data Report 2017-18.

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.