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Home Department written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Conservative, Altrincham and Sale West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of cannabis users were classed as regular users (a) in each year since 1996 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The British crime survey (BCS) only collects information about frequent drug use among young people aged 16 to 24 years. Questions on frequency of use in the last year were first asked in the 2002-03 BCS.

Table 1 provides trend data between the 2002-03 and 2006-07 BCS for the proportion of cannabis users aged 16 to 24 years who reported to using cannabis frequently (more than once a month) in the previous year. The latest figures show that there was a statistically significant decrease in the proportion of 16 to 24-year-old cannabis users who report being a frequent user between the 2002-03 and 2006-07 BCS (from 46.1 per cent. to 37.0 per cent.).

Table 1: Frequent use in the last year among 16 to 24-year-old cannabis users, 2002-03 to 2006-07
Used more than once a month Unweighted base
2002-03 46.1 743
2003-04 46.9 1,267
2004-05 41.1 1,348
2005-06 41.2 1,164
2006-07 37.0 1,069

British crime survey (BCS).

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John Watson
Posted on 9 May 2008 4:47 pm (Report this annotation)

Now that cannabis will be getting the higher recommendation of class B, I expect the fall will reverse.