What You Need To Know About Harris County’s New Pot Policy
Style Magazine Newswire | 2/24/2017, 11:30 a.m.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced a new marijuana policy that she said would save the county millions of dollars and free up resources to focus on prosecuting violent crimes. The new Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program, which takes effect on March 1, 2017, will divert all misdemeanor marijuana cases -- involving up to four ounces -- out of the criminal justice system, instead redirecting low-level drug offenders into a decision-making class. When a suspect is stopped they will be advised of the policy. Ogg's office will be immediately contacted to ensure that the stop is lawful and ensure that the suspect qualifies. Eligible suspects will then sign an acknowledgement form and agree to take a "cognitive decision making class" within 90 days.
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