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The Police drug diversion program aims to divert people from the criminal justice system to an assessment and education session. It is offered to people who are found by a Queensland police officer in possession of 50 grams or less of cannabis, and who meet the strict eligibility criteria.
A person is eligible if they:
People identified as dependent on cannabis are referred at the completion of the session to the closest agency with treatment services for cannabis dependence. Where appropriate, referrals to other drug and alcohol and/or other services are also made. Participation in further treatment is voluntary.
The Police drug diversion program is provided for under Section 211 of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000.
Abstract adapted from Queensland Health
Queensland Courts Communications Unit