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San Antonio Public Officials Open To Reforming Marijuana Laws

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood told mySA.com he was open to working on a program in the Alamo City. “It’s a win-win for everybody if done correctly,” he said. “I’ve supported cite and release since the law changed,” he said, pointing to the 2007 law which allows law enforcement to issue a citation to offenders committing one of six Class A and B misdemeanors, including carrying four ounces or less of marijuana, instead of carting them to jail.

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Currently, under the Texas Controlled Substances Act of the Health and Safety Code, Texans found in possession of two ounces or less of marijuana commit a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and six months in jail. A possible program for Bexar County LaHood could see would use cite and release, with offenders receiving a summons to court, “like a traffic ticket.” From there, the accused could decide if they want to enter a program or contest the ticket. “That’s more pragmatic,” LaHood said. “That’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile.”

Were LaHood to create a policy lessening marijuana punishments, he hopes to sit down with city officials and the San Antonio Police Department before barreling ahead with a new program.

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SAPD spokesman Jesse Salame said the department “would like to take a look at what this other jurisdiction has done and see how their program is modeled and work with city leadership and the DA’s office to determine if that’s something to consider here.”

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