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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.

Read more: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/06/police_chief_david_brown_dallas_will_keep_locking_up_marijuana_users.php

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. September 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    To bad. The uneducated will learn…children learn fast than police chiefs

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