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Black Market Cannabis in Jersey

Contraband Cannabis

The black market for cannabis in Jersey has historically primarily consisted of hashish (cannabis resin) imported from Morocco via France or the UK. Herbal cannabis has generally been relatively rare in the Island, with some instances of personal cultivation and purchases from the dark web.

Up until the late-2000s, the majority of the hash available in the Island was of low quality and often contaminated. Known as 'soap bar' due to the appearance of the standard 250g (9oz) blocks of the resin, this was sold on the black market at a price of £160 per ounce (£5.71/g) from at least the late-1980s.

Around 2010 the Island's black market for cannabis changed, offering a higher grade of hashish at an increased price. Initially sold for £10 per gram, this increased over the years to upwards of £15 per gram prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

While cannabis seizures by Police and Customs have at times had an impact upon the supply of cannabis to the black market, availability did not appear to have been problematic for the community until 2020.

The limits on travel imposed as a consequence of COVID-19 dramatically reduced the availability of hashish on Jersey's black market, leading to an increase in prosecutions for postal importation and personal cultivation. This reduction in supply led to an increase in the street price of cannabis in the Island to upwards of £25 per gram.

Given that recent figures pertaining to the number of cannabis users in Jersey are unavailable, we must rely on statistics of the prevalance of cannabis use in Western European countries to provide an estimate. On that basis, it is reasonable to estimate that approximately 5% of the adult population (~5,000 people) have consumed cannabis in a normal year.


Reported Cannabis Values

The table below records estimated values of cannabis in Jersey in recent years, as reported in local news articles.

DateWeight (kg)Value£/g
2010-12-291£12,000£12.00
2012-12-1320£200,000£10.00
2013-12-0971£1,000,000£14.08
2014-12-131£18,000£18.00
2015-02-1036.5£547,500£15.00
2015-06-1862.5£1,200,000£19.20
2016-01-130.07£1,400£20.00
2016-01-1831£516,000£16.65
2016-03-030.081£1,600£19.75
2016-04-1628.5£500,000£17.54
2016-06-2830£600,000£20.00
2016-08-220.15£5,000£33.33
2016-12-032.93£44,000 – £58,000£15.02 – £19.80
2017-05-2657.7£867,000 – £1,150,000£15.03 – £19.93
2017-09-0310£150,000£15.00
2017-10-1026.177£523,500£20.00
2017-10-2314£240,000£17.14
2018-06-1958£1,176,000£20.28
2019-03-174.6£67,500 – £90,000£14.67 – £19.57
2019-05-038.5£170,000 – £210,000£20.00 – £24.71
2019-10-2910£200,000£20.00
2019-12-1115£300,000£20.00
2020-01-110.349£7,000£20.06
2020-03-1812£300,000£25.00
2020-05-120.24£4,800£20.00
2021-08-042.5£70,000£28.00
2022-02-107£230,000£32.86
2022-02-180.133£3,400£25.56
2022-05-200.581£22,716£39.10

Sources for this data have not been provided for reasons of privacy.


Cannabis Seizures

Jersey Customs and Immigration Service cannabis seizure statistics:

YearTotal SeizuresTotal CannabisCannabis ResinHerbal CannabisWeight (kg)£/g
2006£1,823,670£90,458£89,874£58416£5.65[ 1, 2 ]
2007£656,000£2,800£2,100£7008???[ 2, 3 ]
2008£1,340,000£267,900£267,200£70048£5.58[ 2, 4 ]
2009£2,600,000£657,824114£5.77[ 2, 5 ]
2010£700,000£32,3063£10.77[ 2, 6 ]
2011£500,000£71,28812.2£5.84[ 2, 7 ]
2012£3,200,000£2,873,046238£12.07[ 8, 9 ]
2013£2,400,000£2,155,159140£15.39[ 9, 10 ]
2014£950,300£27,4751.64£16.75[ 11 ]
2015£2,300,000£1,601,866£1,598,971£2,89583.91£19.09[ 12 ]
2016£3,800,000£2,728,492£2,727,195£1,297136.286£20.02[ 13, 14 ]
2017£3,000,000£2,917,100146.1£19.97[ 15 ]
2018£2,300,000£1,380,00062.2£22.19[ 15 ]
2019£12,500,000£1,563,00071.3£21.92[ 15 ]
2020£500,000£163,2008.6£18.97[ 16 ]
2021£670,000£294,9008.4£35.11[ 17 ]
=£44,296,375£16,826,8141,097.036

References

  1. [1] "Customs and Immigration Service Annual Report 2006", Government of Jersey, 2007, p.16.
  2. [2] "Customs and Immigration Service - Resources for prevention of importation of illegal drugs", Government of Jersey, 2013, p.4.
  3. [3] "Jersey in Figures, 2007", Government of Jersey, 2008, p.57.
  4. [4] "Jersey in Figures, 2008", Government of Jersey, 2009, p.57.
  5. [5] "Customs and Immigration Service Annual Report 2009", Government of Jersey, 2010, p.7.
  6. [6] "Customs and Immigration Service Annual Report 2010", Government of Jersey, 2011, p.7.
  7. [7] "Customs and Immigration Service Annual Report 2011", Government of Jersey, 2012, p.7.
  8. [8] "Customs and Immigration Service Annual Report 2012", Government of Jersey, 2013, p.10.
  9. [9] "Jersey in Figures, 2013", Government of Jersey, 2014, p.60.
  10. [10] "Customs and Immigration Service Annual Report 2013", Government of Jersey, 2014, p.8.
  11. [11] "Jersey in Figures, 2014", Government of Jersey, 2015, p.60.
  12. [12] "Customs and Immigration Service Annual Report 2015", Government of Jersey, 2016, p.11.
  13. [13] "Customs and Immigration Service Annual Report 2016", Government of Jersey, 2017, p.13.
  14. [14] "Customs and immigration statistics", Government of Jersey, 2016.
  15. [15] "Drug seizures 2017-2019", Government of Jersey, 2020.
  16. [16] "Drug Seizures (FOI)", Government of Jersey, 2021.
  17. [17] "Drug seizure statistics for 2021 (FOI)", Government of Jersey, 2022.