The Criminal Penalty For Possessing Small Amounts Of Marijuana Would Be Reduced Under A bill OK’d By The Texas House

The Criminal Penalty For Possessing Small Amounts Of Marijuana Would Be Reduced Under A bill OK’d By The Texas House

Marijuana possession charges have also gotten more complicated since the Legislature legalized hemp and hemp-derived products — such as CBD oil — last session. Difficulty differentiating between legal hemp and illegal marijuana led to a drop in the number of low-level possession charges in the state. In 2019, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported more than 45,000 arrests for possession of marijuana — a decrease from the nearly 63,000 reported arrests in 2018. In July of 2019, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a memo instructing DPS officers to issue citations, rather than make arrests, for possession of less than four ounces of marijuana.

 

This article was written by MEGAN MUNCE of The Texas Tribune.  The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  This article originally appeared at: https://www.texastribune.org/2021/04/29/texas-marijuana-posession-penalties/