Some Texas Prosecutors Won’t Handle Small Pot Possession Cases


Texas legislators are reluctant to ease up on punishing small-time pot smokers, but local prosecutors across the state are increasingly looking for ways to keep two-bit toking cases from clogging court dockets and wasting resources, reports the Texas Tribune. Seven bills that would have reduced criminal penalties for minor marijuana possession went up in smoke this year. Some prosecutors are choosing to pass on even filing charges when it comes to small pot possession, or looking for ways to divert recreational users to probation or community service programs. “The only people who do jail time for marijuana are the people who want to do jail time for marijuana,” said Shannon Edmonds of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.

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