Cannabis: Crimes of Violence

Home Office written question – answered at on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has commissioned research to assess potential links between cannabis misuse and violent crime.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office commissioned Dame Carol Black in 2019 to undertake a 2-part independent review of drugs, which informed the government’s 10 year Drug Strategy. The review included information on different illegal drugs, including cannabis markets and links to exploitation and violence. The evidence pack is published at:

In this review it was found that the available data indicates that cannabis markets, while associated with violence, are less closely linked to violence than the markets for heroin/crack and powder cocaine.

Further analysis undertaken by the Home Office was conducted on the risk factors for behaviours related to serious violence, which is published here and includes an assessment of drug use as a risk factor:

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