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Cannabis Diversionary Program

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The City of Orlando passed an ordinance creating a civil penalty for simple possession of small amounts of cannabis, also known as marijuana. Instead of hampering our citizens with the stigma of an arrest and criminal record, the new ordinance gives them an opportunity to learn from their mistake, and give back to our community. To that end, the City has created a diversionary program that allows first or second time offenders to either attend either a substance abuse education program or perform eight (8) hours of community service at a City-approved non-profit organization. Both the substance abuse education program and the community service election are available free of charge to participants.

Program Sign Up

Fill out this form to show interest in either substance abuse education program or perform eight (8) hours of community service at a City-approved non-profit organization. If choosing to complete the program with community service hours, download the community service log , fill out the interest form and choose one of these providers to complete your community service.

Substance Abuse Education

The Florida Safety Council is offering MAP (Marijuana Awareness Program) in cooperation with the City of Orlando.  This eight hour class will expose the risks to marijuana use, explore alternatives to using, and assist students in determining for themselves how problematic their use actually is.  Additional resources will be provided to any student seeking it at the completion of the course. This course is free of charge for participants in the Diversionary Program. Please contact the Florida Safety Council at 407.896.1894 to sign up.
Florida Safety Council
Address: 1505 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 896-1894

Completion

Fill out this form after you have completed your class or community service. You will need to upload your community service log or class certificate to this form to show you have completed the program.

Diversionary Program: Terms and Conditions

This program is for individuals charged with possession of cannabis (also known as marijuana) or cannabis paraphernalia in violation of s. 43.95(2) of the Orlando City Code, which is a civil infraction punishable by a fine up to $500. It is NOT available for individuals who have been charged criminally under s. 893.13, Florida Statutes.

Your case will be deferred for a period of 30 days from the date of acceptance into the program. To remain in the program, you must:

  • Refrain from any violation of federal, state, or local law. You may not possess any illegal or controlled substance, including cannabis, in violation of Florida State Statutes or Municipal Ordinance. If you are arrested or charged with a crime while in the program, you are subject to automatic revocation. You must associate only with law-abiding persons.
  • Immediately inform the Orange County Clerk of Court of any change, or anticipated change, in your residence. It is solely your responsibility to maintain a valid address during the course of diversion. All Notices, Summonses, or other mail will be sent to your current address. If you fail to appear in court due to paperwork being sent to an old address, you may be found in default, and judgment may be entered against in you in an amount not exceeding $500.
    • The Orange County Clerk for all City of Orlando cases is located at:
      • 425 N. Orange Avenue, Room 250, Orlando, FL 32801
  • You must select to complete either the Substance Abuse Education class or eight (8) hours of community service. Community service may only be performed at a City-approved community service provider. For your convenience, a list of pre-approved community service providers is available on this website. If you would like to perform community service at a different location, you must contact the City Prosecutor and obtain written permission. Permission will only be granted for non-profit organizations.
    • You may contact the City Prosecutor’s Office either by telephone, email or in writing.
  • You must agree to forfeit any contraband or paraphernalia seized in conjunction with this case.
  • Failure to abide by any of the terms or conditions of the Diversionary Program will result in your revocation from the program. Participants may also be removed from the program for additional good cause.

 

 

 

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