UK cannabis possession offences down 75% in 10 years

Recorded cases of cannabis possession have fallen substantially over the last decade in the UK. The changes have been attributed to a ‘de-facto decriminalisation’ of cannabis possession by some police forces where street cautions, rather than arrests, have been used to deal with people found in possession of small quantities of cannabis. The figures have raised concern among some MPs who have argued that the reduction constitutes a change in the legal framework for addressing illicit substances that has not been debated or approved by parliament.