Dallas City Council Could Further Decriminalize MarijuanaPosted by On

Many people might not be aware that the City of Dallas currently has pretty relaxed marijuana laws. In 2017, Dallas moved to a cite-and-release policy on those caught with 4 ounces or less of marijuana, which effectively makes that level of possession the same as a speeding ticket.

The move had multiple considerations behind it, the predictions of a national hemp bill and what changes that could be brought on by it due to the changes to the THC allowances that would impact enforcement. Additionally the city was looking for a way to cut the strain these calls were bringing to the Dallas Police Department and jail overcrowding. This move essentially switched the arraignment process from the jail to a courthouse. The worry about the hemp considerations came to pass with the 2018 Farm Bill, which is discussed here by Texas TV station KSAT…

Even as the city intended to stop sending people to jail for low-level marijuana offenses, Dallas Police continued to book people into the county…

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