Texas marijuana possession arrests drop 30% amid hemp legalization

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Marijuana possession arrests in the state of Texas dropped 30% in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to data recently released by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). In order to prosecute someone for marijuana possession, a test proving the seized plant contains a THC content above 0.3% would need to be carried out. Texas legalized hemp last year, forcing law enforcement officials to drop low-level marijuana cases across the state due to the crop being virtually indistinguishable from the psychoactive and illegal form of cannabis. Commenting on news that marijuana arrests have been significantly declining, Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, told Marijuana Moment that Texas authorities have abandoned the traditional “Tough on Crime” mentality in favor of a “Smart on Crime” approach. “Now it’s time to change state law and stop all arrests for marijuana possession in Texas,” she concluded. The data released by the DPS showed there were roughly 63,000 marijuana prosecutions in Texas in 2018.

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Marijuana possession arrests in the state of Texas dropped 30% in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to data recently released by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Texas legalized hemp last year, forcing law enforcement officials to drop low-level marijuana cases across the state due to the crop being virtually indistinguishable from the psychoactive and illegal form of cannabis. 

In order to prosecute someone for marijuana possession, a test proving the seized plant contains a THC content above 0.3% would need to be carried out.

However, as most...

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