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Video: MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA DIVERSION PROGRAM

 

The Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program (MMDP) is a pre-charge program -- NO arrest and NO criminal history -- offered by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to Offenders who would otherwise be arrested and charged with possession of misdemeanor marijuana, regardless of criminal history. 

The goal of this policy is to ensure that: (1) the limited resources of this Office, local law enforcement, and the Harris County Jail are used responsibly to increase public safety; and (2) individuals who commit the non-violent crime of possessing a misdemeanor amount of marijuana are not stigmatized by a criminal record that limits their employment, education, and housing opportunities.

During the past decade, this Office prosecuted more than 100,000 individuals for misdemeanor possession of marijuana at a cost in excess of $100 million dollars.  The endeavor has produced no public safety benefit for the people of Harris County and has harmed reform efforts.