Houston PD Chief: Texas moving towards marijuana acceptance
Houston Police Department has a new chief, and he thinks Texas will move on medical marijuana within the next few years.
Art Acevedo, who was formerly the chief of Austin Police Department, shared his opinions on radio station 90.1 KPFT’s Cultural Baggage program this past week.
“I think you’ll have a really spirited but well-informed discussion, and at some point I could really foresee, in the future, marijuana and some other oils being legalized for medicinal purposes; it will probably be the first step in Texas,” Acevedo said.
He also wants to implement a law-enforcement program he used in Austin which would round up street dealers and divert them into a program in exchange for dropping their charges.
The host of Cultural Baggage, Dean Becker, said that during the interview it seemed that Acevedo knew the drug war is not working out.
“He is ready for change,” Becker said. “He knows it has been a failure.”
Acevedo spent a decade as chief in Austin, and was well known for a wide variety of popular and unpopular stances and actions.