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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Cannabis Decrim Law Takes Effect in Texas’ Most Populous County on Friday

jointBeginning Friday, January 1st, the first-time possession of up to two ounces of cannabis will no longer result in an arrest and criminal charge in Harris County, the most populous county in Texas. Harris County is the third most populous county in the entire United States.

The new policy was put forth by Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, who is calling it the First Chance Intervention Program. Under this program, those caught possessing up to two ounces of cannabis will no longer be arrested, charged with a criminal offense and imprisoned for up to six months. Instead, they’ll be given a citation and mandated to attend a diversion program.

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In Three Weeks, First-Time Cannabis Possession Will be Decriminalized in Texas’ Most Populous County

Harris County is the most populous county in Texas, and the third most populous county in the entire United States. Beginning on January 1st – three weeks from tomorrow most populous county– 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 that could land them in prison for up to 6 months; instead, they’ll be given a citation and mandated to attend a diversion program (which is still annoying, but clearly much better than prison).

The new policy – called the First Chance Intervention Program – is being put in place by Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, who is moving forth with the change despite widespread criticism from his colleagues in law enforcement.

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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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Cannabis Decriminalization Pilot Program Launching Monday in Harris County, Texas

At a press conference Wednesday Harris County District Attorney Devon Andersonharis, a Republican, said that beginning Monday non-violent individuals caught carrying up to two ounces of cannabis for the first time won’t be hit with a criminal charge or put in jail, but instead will be required to either perform eight hours of community service, or take a drug awareness class.

“Our goal is to keep these individuals from entering the revolving door of the criminal justice system”, says Anderson.

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