The Dallas cite-and-release program, in which those caught possessing a small amount of marijuana are issued a fine and a court summons, has been delayed, as reported by WFAA.
Originally slated to go into effect on Oct. 1, 2017, the policy has been delayed by the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court over complications brought on by the measure. The commissioner’s court would be responsible for funding the courts that would need to be established for the cite-and-release program.
According to the Dallas Observer, the chief proponent of stalling the cite-and-release program has been County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who calls the policy unfair and misleading. With 26 municipalities in Dallas County, Price believes that it is unjust to enact such a program in one city of the county but not the others.
Price also voiced concern that too many people would confuse the cite-and-release program with marijuana decriminalization; under the ordinance, individuals are still subject to the penalties of marijuana possession, they are just not arrested when the citation is issued.
The Dallas County Commissioner’s Court will meet on Oct. 17 to vote on whether to fund the policy. If approved, the cite-and-release program would go into effect on Dec. 1.