By virtue of the new policy being enacted by Harris County (which includes Houston), law enforcement will no longer arrest and the D.A. will no longer prosecute most marijuana possession cases that are under four ounces beginning on March 1st.
This new policy will keep thousands of people out of jail and save the county millions of dollars. D.A. Ogg said, “At 107,000 cases over the last ten years, we have spent in excess of $250 million dollars collectively prosecuting a crime that has produced no tangible evidence of improved public safety.”
Director of the Fair Punishment Project, Rob Smith, praised the new program by saying,
Prior to today, a person found in possession of four ounces or less of marijuana in Houston faced arrest and possible jail time. Even four or five days in jail could mean a lost job or an uncared for child or elderly parent. Today, District Attorney Kim Ogg took an important step toward making the justice system more humane and fair by recognizing that shuffling more people through the system for non-violent drug offenses was doing more harm than good.
Under the new program, people caught with marijuana will be fined $150 and be required to take a four-hour diversion class.
We applaud Harris County and D.A. Kim Ogg on taking a much-needed step forward into the 21st century toward the end of the oppressive and pointless drug war.
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Harris County, Texas, Houston To Stop Prosecuting Pot Cases was originally published on Washington's Blog