Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession


If law enforcement officers in Harris County, Texas, find someone in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, the officers will take the marijuana and require the possessor to sign a contract to attend a drug-education class, according to a March 1, 2017, article in the Houston Chronicle.

Kim Ogg, the District Attorney for Harris County, Texas, has decided as of March 1, 2017, she will no longer prosecute most marijuana cases. Harris County includes Houston, the fourth most-populous city in the United States, according to the National League of Cities.

“We have spent in excess of $250 million, over a quarter-billion dollars, prosecuting a crime that has produced no tangible evidence of improved public safety,” Ogg said in a Feb. 28, 2017, article in Forbes. “We have disqualified, unnecessarily, thousands of people from greater job, housing and educational opportunities by giving them a criminal record for what is, in effect, a minor law violation.”

Law enforcement officers will take confiscated pot and signed contracts to their stations at the end of their shifts.

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