Texas Local Decriminalization


Austin
Population: 965,872

Austin, TX

  • Passed: 2022
  • Municipal Initiative
  • Quantity: 2 oz or less
  • Penalty: Police officers “shall not issue citations or make arrests for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offenses” absent defendants’ alleged involvement in a “felony level narcotics” case. The measure also prohibits local police from executing ‘no knock’ warrants.
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Bexar County
Population: 1.979 M

Bexar County, TX

  • Passed: 2017
  • City Council Resolution
  • Quantity: 4 ounces
  • Penalty: Summons and Release
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Cedar Park
Population: 77,181

Cedar Park, TX

  • Passed: 2019
  • Implemented by Sheriff’s Office
  • Quantity: Up to 2 ounces
  • Penalty: Summons and Release
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Dallas
Population: 1.339 M

Dallas, TX

  • Passed: May 2017
  • House Bill
  • Quantity: 4 ounces
  • Penalty: Summons and Release
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Denton
Population: 148,100

Denton, TX

  • Passed: 2022
  • Municipal Initiative
  • Quantity: 2 oz or less
  • Penalty: Police officers “shall not issue citations or make arrests for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offenses” absent defendants’ alleged involvement in a “felony level narcotics” case.
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Elgin
Population: 10,500

Elgin, TX

  • Passed: 2022
  • Municipal Initiative
  • Quantity: 2 oz or less
  • Penalty: Police officers “shall not issue citations or make arrests for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offenses” absent defendants’ alleged involvement in a “felony level narcotics” case.
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El Paso
Population: 679,879

El Paso, TX

  • Passed: May 2020
  • City Council Resolution
  • Quantity: 4 ounces
  • Penalty: Summons and Release
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Harker Heights
Population: 33,560

Harker Heights, TX

  • Passed: 2022
  • Municipal Initiative
  • Quantity: 2 oz or less
  • Penalty: Police officers “shall not issue citations or make arrests for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offenses” absent defendants’ alleged involvement in a “felony level narcotics” case.
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Harris County (Houston)
Population: 4.681 M

Houston, TX

  • Passed: 2017
  • City Council Resolution
  • Quantity: 4 ounces
  • Penalty: Summons and Release
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Hays County
Population: 222,827

Hays County, TX

  • Passed: 2009
  • Implemented by the Sheriff’s office
  • Quantity: 2 ounces or less
  • Penalty: Summons and Release
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Killeen
Population: 156,200

Killeen, TX

  • Passed: 2022
  • Municipal Initiative
  • Quantity: 2 oz or less
  • Penalty: Police officers “shall not issue citations or make arrests for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offenses” absent defendants’ alleged involvement in a “felony level narcotics” case.
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Nueces County
Population: 362,151

Nueces County, TX

  • Passed: April 2019
  • Implemented by District Attorney’s Office
  • Quantity: 4 ounces
  • Penalty: Summons and Release
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Plano County
Population: 288,870

Plano, TX

  • Passed: 2021
  • Implemented by Sheriff’s Office
  • Quantity: Up to 2 ounces
  • Penalty: Summons and Release
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San Marcos
Population: 68,580

San Marcos, TX

  • Passed: 2022
  • Municipal Initiative
  • Quantity: 2 oz or less
  • Penalty: Police officers “shall not issue citations or make arrests for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offenses” absent defendants’ alleged involvement in a “felony level narcotics” case.
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Travis County
Population: 1.251 M

Travis County, TX

  • Passed: 2017
  • County Commissioners Court
  • Quantity: Up to 2 ounces
  • Penalty: $45 fine and 4-hour marijuana class
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Williamson County
Population: 570,437

Williamson County, TX

  • Passed: 2017
  • Pilot Program
  • Quantity: 2 ounces or less
  • Penalty: Summons and Release
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