Dallas City Council Approves Cite and Release for Marijuana

Posted on: April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017 – DALLAS, TX – Today members of Dallas City Council voted 10-5 in favor of a Cite and Release program for marijuana possession that will be implemented this October.

From CBS11, “The City of Dallas says with this program they hope to reduce jail time for nonviolent offenses, to cut down the time officers spend at the jail processing these suspects, and to improve officer response time to other emergencies. Offenders would be eligible to walk away with a ticket if they have a valid ID and are at least 17 years old, with no other prior convictions. They’d also have to provide a thumbprint.”

Under this new program, people caught with marijuana will still have to appear in court, but will no longer be subject to an immediate arrest.

“While folks will avoid the initial and degrading arrest, they still face six months in jail, $2000 in fines, and a life-long criminal record that comes with collateral consequences like hindered access to education, employment, housing, and second amendment rights,” says Heather Fazio of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. She continues, “Their drivers license will also be automatically suspended upon conviction.”

Contact your legislators in support of HB 81 to eliminate the arrest, jail time, and criminal record currently associated with small amounts of marijuana in Texas! Click here to easily email them: https://goo.gl/7lQPS9

For information on bringing a cite and release program to your Texas city, email jessica@dfwnorml.org.