Baltimore Marijuana Diversion Program Nearly Triples In Size

MARYLAND:  City prosecutors have been offering more people charged with marijuana possession a chance to avoid conviction through community service, and recently released data shows that defendants are taking the deal at a rate that has tripled in the course of a year.

Close to 4,500 went into the program, known as “diversion,” in 2013 — up from about 1,400 the year before.

“This is something, frankly, we’re very proud about,” Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.

The association that represents Maryland’s 24 state’s attorneys recently voted to oppose pushes in Annapolis to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, but the growing use of diversion programs show how city prosecutors are softening their approach.

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