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New Marijuana Policy Takes Effect Tomorrow in Texas’ Most Populous County

New Marijuana Policy Takes Effect Tomorrow in Texas’ Most Populous County

Harris County’s Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program takes effect tomorrow, March 1st.

The new program – put forth by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg – makes it so that those caught possessing up to four ounces of cannabis within the county will no longer be arrested or charged with a criminal misdemeanor in most instances. Instead they will be mandated to take a four-hour drug education class.

Harris County is by far Texas’ most populated county with over 4.5 million residents. The county includes Houston, the most populated city in the state and the fourth most populated city in the country; its 2 million residents is more than the population of 15 states.

Under current Texas law, possession up to two ounces of cannabis is punishable by a misdemeanor and up to 180 days in jail. Possession two to four ounces is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

As part of the new Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program, those who decide not to take the mandated four hour class will be charged with a marijuana possession misdemeanor.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:19:16 +0000