Texas DA criticized for ‘mob rule’ over failure to enforce marijuana laws
Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon has criticized neighboring Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg for her decision to implement a program which would keep those found with small amounts of marijuana both out of jail and clean of a criminal record.
Ligon went on to say that Texas should not legalize marijuana, which he referred to as “detrimental to society.”
When pressed to state what specifically his opposition was, Ligon stated that he did not know the specifics of the plan, but would likely have a statement once he finds out.
“Unlike Harris County, Montgomery County will not become a sanctuary for dope smokers. I swore an oath to follow the law – all the laws, as written by the Texas Legislature. I don’t get to pick and choose which laws I enforce,” Ligon said.
“Further, I have my doubts about the study that her organization touts regarding the dismissal rate for misdemeanor cases. Experienced prosecutors know that misdemeanor possession cases are usually filed in combination with other charges and are likely dismissed as part of a plea to another matter, or disposed of through pre-trial diversion programs, only after the defendant has had the opportunity to receive drug and alcohol treatment and counseling,” Ligon stated.
His press conference was prompted by an event which will be held at the capitol this week featuring multiple law enforcement officials speaking out about the need to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession by supporting HB 81, which would reduce the penalty for possession of less than an ounce to a fine not to exceed $250. The event is being organized by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.
To date there have been 17 cannabis related bills filed with the Texas legislature.
Ligon concluded by stating, “she (Ogg) doesn’t speak for the State of Texas or the majority of elected District and County Attorney’s across the State.”