Texas: Low-Level Marijuana Arrests Decline

Austin, TX: Prosecutors filed far fewer misdemeanor marijuana possession cases in the second half of 2019, according to data compiled by the Texas Office of Court Administration and published by the Texas Tribune.

According to the data, the number of prosecutions filed fell from an average of 5,600 per month in the first six months of 2019 to less than half that total in the second half of the year. The decline comes after lawmakers amended the legal status of hemp. Because police lack a field test that can readily distinguish between cannabis and hemp-based on THC content, some jurisdictions have limited or halted marijuana-related prosecutions. However, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety indicate that new field test technology is anticipated to be available later this year.

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