Houston Area to Decriminalize Some Low-Level Marijuana Possession

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Houston area to decriminalize some low-level marijuana possession

Houston and the county containing the fourth most-populous U.S. city will decriminalize low-level marijuana possession, with officials saying on Thursday throwing people in jail for having small amounts of pot had “no tangible public safety benefit.”

The policy, which takes effect on March 1, means in most circumstances there will be no jail, no tickets, no court appearances and no criminal record for possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana in the city and its surrounding county, home to about 4.5 million people.

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