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Marijuana Diversion

COVID-19 Update

All in-person Marijuana Diversion classes have been canceled and we will instead hold classes online until further notice. Check back for updates regarding online classes. The Council on Chemical Abuse is taking all necessary precautions to keep our community safe and is following the lead of the state. We will continue to monitor this fluid situation as it evolves and follow the mandates of health experts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and understanding. For any questions, please contact us.

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This program is voluntary and is provided to you by the Berks County District Attorney’s Office, in cooperation with the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA).

About the Educational Session

During the 3-hour session, an instructor will provide factual information on the pharmacology of marijuana and discuss substance use disorders involving marijuana and other substances.
Participants will examine how the use of marijuana has impacted their lives.

How to Get Involved

Referral to the Marijuana Diversion Program is initiated by the Magisterial District Judge at the preliminary arraignment. Any individual who has been charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana in Berks County, PA is eligible. Individuals charged with possession of drug paraphernalia related to a marijuana charge may also be eligible.

A non-refundable $50.00 service fee payable to COCA is required per referral to participate in the program. Service fee and signed referral must be submitted before the participant is eligible to schedule his/her class. If paying by check, be advised that there will be a $40.00 fee charged for each returned check. Online payment is available below.

Please note: An unattended class will result in a $50 rescheduling fee.

Participants may also be responsible for any court costs assessed by the judge. Those who choose to participate must complete the program within 60 days following his/her preliminary arraignment.

Upon the successful completion of the program (including payment of any court costs), the District Attorney’s Office will dismiss the charges pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure Rule 546 entitled Dismissal Upon Satisfaction of Agreement.

If an individual does not wish to participate in the Marijuana Diversion Program, the charges will be handled as any other charges are handled by the Magisterial District

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