Texas: Harris County DA Presents Plan To Decriminalize Minor Marijuana Offenses

Mayor Sylvester Turner is reviewing a proposal from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg that, once implemented, will decriminalize some marijuana possession offenses.

The policy, which goes into effect on March 1, is known as the Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program, a pre-charge diversion program for individuals who meet certain criteria, and are in possession of four ounces or less of marijuana.

Those who qualify will not be arrested, ticketed, or required to go to court if they agree to take a four-hour drug education course.

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However, if the person caught refuses to attend the class, they could be prosecuted and face a year in jail.

The plan is designed to reduce jail overcrowding and would save Harris County more than $10 million per year, as...

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