Harris County announces a new marijuana policy to save millions of dollars and free up resources.
According to ABC13, the new Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program “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.”
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg spoke on how having a criminal record “stops people in their tracks…changes their path in life, and limits their opportunities.”
Drug stop protocol will include law enforcement officers advising the suspect of the new program and contacting Ogg‘s office to make sure the suspect qualifies.
Eligible suspects then sign an acknowledgement form and agree to taking the decision making class within 90 days.
Ogg reiterates that the new policy does not legalize or decriminalize the possession of marijuana.