Dallas City Council Gives Approval to Marijuana Decrim Measure

The Dallas City Council today gave approval to a measure meant to reduce marijuana arrests.

Under the law approved today by the council with a 10 to 5 vote, the possession of up to four ounces of cannabis will no longer result in jail time, given the person has a valid ID, is at least 17 years old and has no prior convictions. The individual would still need to appear in court, similar to how a speeding ticket is handled.

Advocates of the law say that it will free up police and police resources to focus on serious, violent crimes. According to Assistant Chief Gary Tittle, there were 436 cases in 2016 that would have qualified under the new law.

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Dallas Police Chief Admits Ending Incarceration for Cannabis Possession Is “just so damn practical”

By Monterey Bud, Marijuana.com

Dallas Texas: Chief of Police Admits Tickets Over Incarceration Is “Just so Damn Practical”
Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

The Dallas City Council and local Police Chief are pondering the cultivation of a much-needed pilot program – similar to the cite and release program scheduled to roll out in the Houston area on January 1, 2016 – Dallas police would instead issue citations to individuals busted with a small amount of cannabis.

Currently in the soaked and saturated state of Texas, getting caught in possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $2000. Despite these overtly severe penalties, Police Chief David Brown claims to be conflicted over the idea of giving his police force the green light to write tickets in lieu of throwing people in jail, simply for getting caught with their personal stash.

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