First Time Possession of Cannabis Now Decriminalized in Texas’ Most Populous County

bud2Harris County, Texas has a population greater than 24 states in the U.S., with over 4 million people. As of today, January 1st, those in the county caught possessing up to two ounces of cannabis for the first time will no longer be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison. Instead, they’ll be given a citation and mandated to attend a diversion program.

The new policy, titled the First Chance Intervention Program, was put forth by Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson. Although those caught possessing cannabis for the 2nd time will still be charged with a misdemeanor, Anderson says that the law is expected to be expanded in the future to include all cannabis offenses of two ounces or less.

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Texas’ Most Populous County Decriminalizing First Time Cannabis Possession on January 1st

harris countyBeginning January 1st, the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis will no longer be a criminal charge in Harris County, the most populous county in Texas and the third most populous county in the United States, District Attorney Devon Anderson announced today.

According to Anderson, when someone is caught possessing up to two ounces of cannabis for the first time, police officers will be mandated to offer a diversion program rather than arresting them and charging them with a misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to 180 days in jail.

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