Dallas police chief refuses to stop locking up cannabis consumers
In a handful of places in Texas — Austin and Midland and San Marcos, for example — getting caught carrying a small amount of marijuana will get you a ticket and a court date but, barring more serious infractions, won’t involve handcuffs.
Dallas has a different approach.
“We take you to jail,” Chief David Brown told Unfair Park last week in an interview for an upcoming profile in our annual People Issue.
The city doesn’t have to do that. Under a 2007 law, cities and counties in Texas can opt out of jailing suspects for marijuana possession and a few other Class A and B misdemeanors, like graffiti and driving without a license, by implementing a “cite and release” program, as Travis, Midland and a handful of other counties have done.
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