Article by Monterey Budd, Marijuana.com
Houston: We have NO problem with sensible marijuana reform.
Potentially saving Harris County millions of dollars annually, a new policy set to begin March 1, 2017, will decriminalize the possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana in the City of Houston and its surrounding county.
Set to roll out the specifics of their plan this morning, the Harris County DA, along with Houston’s Mayor and Police Chief, will drill down on the details of their new plan to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession by early spring.
Elected chiefly on her marijuana reform platform, the new Harris County District Attorney, (D) Kim Ogg, trounced the Republican incumbent Devon Anderson last November, based on Ogg’s promise to rein in senseless arrests for low-level marijuana infractions in the greater Houston area.
Rather than wasting valuable resources on personal possession cases, Ogg’s plan calls for misdemeanor offenders caught with less than 4 ounces of cannabis take a four-hour drug class in lieu of being arrested, ticketed or required to appear in court.
By diverting Harris County’s 12,000 annual marijuana infractions away from their costly judicial system, DA Ogg’s plan is anticipated to save the county “more than $10 million a year,” according to Chron.com.