Marijuana: No More Automatic Arrest for Possession in Texas

As of September 1, people caught with up to a quarter-pound of marijuana in Texas will no longer automatically be arrested. Under HB 2391, a bill passed by the legislature and signed into law June 15 by Gov. Rick Perry (R), police will have the option of issuing a summons to appear for misdemeanor pot possession, as well as a number of other small-time offenses.

The measure was pushed by conservative legislators as a cost-cutting measure. "We want to get tough on crime, but we also want to get smart on crime," said state Rep. Jerry Madden (R), the bill's author. "Let's not spend a lot of taxpayers' money putting people in jail who don't need to be there," Madden told Fort Worth Star-Telegraph columnist Bud Kennedy last Saturday. "Let's give local police more discretion."

Possession of marijuana remains a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. But now, instead of using up valuable police time and jail space with marijuana and other misdemeanor offenders, police will have the discretion of just ordering them to show up before a magistrate within 48 hours. If they don't show, the magistrate can issue an arrest warrant.

Other offenses for which police can now issue summonses include petty theft, graffiti, and driving without a license.

"The idea was to free up more county jail space and law officers' time for violent offenders and sex offenders," said Marc Levin of the Austin-based Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative organization that lobbied for House Bill 2391. "We looked at how to save counties money. We always came back to the same answer: Take the low-level offenders out of the county jail," he told Kennedy.

Leave it to Texas to wise up about criminal justices priorities, even if just a bit. And it wasn't bleeding hearts, but bleating wallets that did it.

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A first for us Texans

After years of busting non-violent pot smokers for small amounts, Perry and company finally heeded to the people. Even if was for budget concerns, it still means alot to us Texans.

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Still get arrested?

I take it this means cops can still choose to arrest...my boyfriend was in a car two days ago with friends. They were pulled over for an expired registration, and the cop searched the vehicle/occupants - my boyfriend had a small amount on him and was arrested, as well as another person in the car. This was Williamson County - he had to spend the next 24 hours in jail and is now facing further problems since he was on probation for a DUI 2 years ago...I'm angry that the cop did this since it is now probably going to screw up his probation. Thanks a lot Williamson County.

Wilco sucks

Wilco is realy bad about that. For a fact they take you in for less than a joint, and I heard they'll haul you in if they find a seed on your floor board

No Problem

Your Welcome. Don't like Wilco? Move!

I won't buy a home there because of it

No point in paying wilco taxes to support this crap. It is a money machine these days and wilco can work it

your a hoe ass bitch fuck

your a hoe ass bitch fuck wilco

Fuck your county and fuck you

Fuck your county and fuck you faggot I hope your daughter gets addicted to meth and raped by blacks.

Citation instead of arrest for possesion of < 2 oz. of marijuana

Wow... It's great that over 4 years ago Texas lawmakers ”smartened" up, and now allow a citation to be issued to non-violent citizens found with a very small amount of marijuana in their possession.  When are the city police departments going to be told about this?

My son (yes, he is a young and stupid teenager, although he has received all the drug-related "education" you can imagine through the DARE program, and other school-offered courses) has been stopped/questioned by city police officers twice for possession of < 2 oz of marijuana, and both times was arrested.  He had to sit in a city police department waiting room for hours and hours on end waiting to be transferred to the county facility, to then sit there for additional hours and hours to be "booked in"... just to be confined in county jail for a day or two, waiting to see a judge to have bail set.  After seeing the judge, my son went back to his cell while he waited for me to run around to find a bail bondsman, pay a non-refundable fee to get him bonded out, take the paperwork to the county facility, and wait another couple of hours while he is processed out and released.

Trust me...I totally understand that possessing any amount of marijuana is illegal, and no one is more angry and saddened by my son's behavior than me but arresting an 18-year old, senior in high school, "first-time offender" instead of issuing him a citation.  Really? 

I've been told by a number of different Texans that crime in Texas, especially misdemeanor crime "is all about the $$$$."  I now understand this.  I'm actually the one being penalized most for my son's illegal actions, not my son.  He doesn't have a job although he has been steadily looking for work, with no luck, since well before graduation in May…and now there are public records items posted for these arrests that employers can read about easily, and for free (if they know how to use an Internet search engine), that will further hamper his job search efforts.  So, bottom line... I'm the only one with any ability to pay all the costs related to the arrest, and MUST pay all these costs, so I won’t suffer more time-related and financial consequences as a result of not paying these court ordered amounts.  UGH!  I've never even tried an illegal drug once in my life but since 12/21/2010 I've had to miss work numerous times to meet with an attorney, go to court, meet with treatment counselors, etc., as well as pay hefty fines, court costs, non-refundable bail bond fees, probation officer fees, drug testing fees, substance abuse analysis costs, and very, very expensive court-ordered "treatment" costs.  Oh, and my son is required to go to NA meetings several times each week, during which he is required to make a monetary donation. 

Where is the fairness and reasonableness in all of this…especially for a charge of possession of < 2 oz of marijuana?

It would have been FAR less expensive and stressful to have let my son be convicted of the misdemeanor charge rather than accept the DA's offer of "deferred adjudication."  I've been told that deferred adjudication is structured expecting the "criminal" to fail but to extract as much money from whoever will pay all those fees, fines, and related costs, until they do fail.  Then, he's arrested again for revocation of his probation agreement (and whatever he did wrong to have his probation revoked), back to court…more court costs, fines, fees, etc. OH...not to mention those non-refundable fees to "bond" him out again.

I seriously don't think that my son has learned anything through all of this except potentially that he should try a whole lot harder not to get caught.  I've talked to my son numerous times about all of this, reasoned with him, threatened, taken away his keys to my car that he was allowed to drive (but I had to give the keys back to him so he could continue to look for a job), and made sure that he got counseling, etc.  I truly don't know what else I can or should do.  At this point, my son would rather tell the judge that he wants to be released from the "deferred adjudication" agreement, and serve the jail time to save me any additional loss of work hours and money.  I told him that we will continue down the current path and pray that the attorney finds a way to get the judge to agree to continue with the deferred adjudication agreement for the first arrest, and also beg for deferred adjudication for the 2nd arrest to keep there from being any convictions reflected on his record. 

So... I seriously wish I could understand what the real "benefit" was for the police officers to arrest my son vs. issuing him a citation?  The only four things I can say for certain right now are: (1)  the bail bondsman made a quick $150 right off the bat, (2) the treatment facility is making a ton of money because of the court-ordered treatment my son must undergo, (3) I've had to borrow money from a friend to pay some of the fines, fees, costs, etc., and don't know where the extra money will come from to pay back the money I borrowed, and (4) my stress level (which is already exorbitant as I'm a single mom, have two teenage boys to care for, work fulltime+, receive no child support or assistance of any type from the boy's dad, etc.) is almost off the chart.

Well, I guess...if nothing else has resulted from all the hell I've been through since 12/21/2010, I've received a very extensive and expensive education concerning the process and costs associated with being "arrested" in Texas for possession of < 2 oz of marijuana.

Frustrated, sad, and broke in Texas!

Libby

responding to the lady above me

I was recently detained for the same thing. Is there any advice you could me? I am in the same thing, high school senior done everything right up until now. My future has been taken away from me. While people who give out names walk for free. I wasn't even read my rights as an American citizen, that's very important to me. 

sensible move

Even if it was based on financial concerns, it still has an underpinning of moral concerns. The thing is politicians feel a lot better when they can be seen as saving money, instead of soft on drugs and crime! By continuing the prohibition and putting sales in the hands of dealers, they assure there will be a supply available to teens, and younger kids, who cannot buy alcohol! Isn't Texas the state that has reported the "cheese" problem? They need to open their eyes! They are handing their dead children's heads, to the drug dealers, on platters, at a dollar a hit!! Drug dealers don't card!

You want to get the drugs out of the hands of our children, including teens? Then regulate it like alcohol and make it legal for adults! End the prohibition. And minimize the deaths!

Morality vs Law

I agree, though law is not meant to uphold morality. It's meant to do justice in the world. Did you know that the only reason that marijuana was made illegal was because it was something that was enjoyed by immigrants? It was just another plot against people who were not born in the U.S. Furthermore, marijuana has no significant side-effects that will make it more dangerous than smoking tabacco.

Better Idea

They need to make is free and make everone do it. There be no war.

free yes

but no one should make anyone smoke. Free will, baby.

legalize marijuana aka weed,purp,dro,,treez,many more.

Im coming back DFW 817

Great for Texas 1 step closer, marijuana should not be illegal the war on drug is not working never has never will. DEA should be shut down if the law was respectable !! aka the criminals !! will respect the law
but the law is not respectable so the law wont be followed legalize marijuana and other drugs.
tax it help the homeless and the poor.

damm 12 step meeting and aa and na meetings aka rehab

I got busted with foil paper and a lighter
they charged me with possesion of marijuana less than a ounce
thats bull shit
I dont mind the charge the judge fines you put you on probation and makes you go to rehab dui school many more thats crap rehab for marijuana lets get real united states law are not respectable.

mary jane

fo sho

Drug laws still ridiculous, but a move in the right direction!

When will our laws REALLY reflect the people's concern?

When will our laws be based on justice and NOT money?

When will our laws protect citizens instead of harm families and society at large? In other words, make our jails and prisons a place to put criminals not (non-violent, harmless) drug users!!!

In the past our laws have let child molesters and rapists go to free up space to house drug offenders.

First step, will they follow through? Do they need replaced?

I agree, drug users dont belong in prison. Worst case some poor crack head needs help, not jail. I remember when they were setting violent offenders free for the sake of the B.S. war on drugs, I remember the B.S. videos about Dope(pot) in school, I remember this government as the one that let us get bombed by our own planes, who sat and watched thousands of innocent die in tragedy along the coast. And not to mention Aiding in the poor living conditions of those who could benefit from weed. They bark and howl that it is a drug and harmfull, but when i compare weed to ANY scripted drug, or even tylenol, weed hasnt any similar properties. But the stuff killing the lab rats is ok to approve by the FDA and deemed safe to humans ? WTF? We are in need of reform, at most levels of government. So it might just be in the hands of us after all. Of the people by the people for the people ? where?

just my thoughts
wolf×

looking better for Texas

so is it just a ticket now?

Arrests in Williamson County Texas

A friend was pulled over in Williamson County by a county deputy because her tag light was out. Officer asked her did she have anything illegal in her car. He then searched her car and found a small amount of pot (less than a quarter ounce -- not pound but ounce.) Her car was impounded and she was arrested and spent the night in jail. This happened on 10/16/07. She now faces possible jail time as well as a fine. She has no other convictions.

arrest in taylor county

I was pulled over on Friday night 11/15/2007 because my license tag was expired, it hadn't even been a year, and showed him the receipt. He wrote me a ticket and I was going to be on my way, then the drug task showed up and search my car while a female officer searched me, and found a small roach maybe two puffs worth, which I didn't even I had. I was arrested and my car was impounded. I was in jail at 1am and wasn't even booked until 7am, the booking officer told me she didn't know why they wanted to wait so long until booking, and asked me if I had been drinking. I told her no I had not been drinking and that I don't drink. I would like to know why I was made to wait so long? and Why didn't they offer me to make my call? I'm going to file on the officer, this is my 1st offense. What a bunch of bs.

MaryJane

My husband was pulled over for no reason that the cop gave him.This was Liberty Co,Cleveland,Texas.My husband had 1 blunt on him,he has HEP C he got this diesease while working as a CNA in a Nursing Home,he has been dealing with his HEP C for sometime.The Marijuana helps with his aliments,nobody on the law enforcement side seems to understand any of this.He was arrested,the family van was impounded and a week later my husband was released from jail with 6 months probation,attending drug class in which he will recieve a certificate stating that he has completed his classes,he must take the certificate to his employer showing that he is a certified drug offender.Pay out the a$$ in fines.Good Luck to us this is his last month on probation.What are you gonna do???

POT IS GOOD!

I MEAN REALLY. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THIS SCENARIO...EVERYONE'S TRYING SO HARD RIGHT NOW BUT AR FACED WITH FORECLOSURES, HIGH GAS PRICES, HIGH COST OF FOOD BECAUSE OF HIGH GAS PRICES, BEING UNDERPAID IN MOST JOBS, STRESSES IN RELATIONSHIPS, DIVORCE, THE INABILITY TO DO FOR YOUR CHILDREN WHAT THEY SEE ON TV, CLOTHING IS SO EXPENSIVE ETC. JUST DAY TO DAY STRESS.
IF YOU MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAY WITHOUT SNAPPING YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO HOME OR ANY OTHER PLACE THAT ALLOWS SMOKING AND TOKE ON A GOOD JOINT. NOTICE I SAID JOINT BECAUSE BLUNTS ARE MUCH LIKE SMOKING CIGARETTES AND RELEASE CARCINOGENS FOR SECOND HANDERS TO INHALE AND EXTRACT ALL THE POISONS THAT COME WITH INHALING TOBACCO SMOKE. I THINK THAT IF YOU CAN MAKE THE CHOICE TO SMOKE TOBACCO, YOU SHOULD HAVE THE CHOICE OF A HEALTHER MORE SOOTHING ALTERNATIVE.

THINK ABOUT THIS...CIGARETTES COME WITH A WARNING THAT YOU CAN GET CANCER AND LOTS OF OTHER HORRIBLE DISEASES. ALCOHOL HAS WARNINGS BUT SINCE THERE IS A NEED BECAUSE OF OUR HUMAN NATURE TO HAVE A SOOTHER ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF MAWS? (MOTHERS AGAINST WEED SMOKING) THERE HAS BEEN NO MURDERS, NO IMPAIRMENTS CAUSED PURELY BY WEED AND THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IS YOU SMOKE YOURSELF TO SLEEP OR YOU LAUGH AT NOT SO FUNNY THINGS. WHERE IS THE CRIME IN THAT?

THER TRUTH IS THERE HAS TO BE SOME IDIOT SITTING ON HIGH THAT MAKES THE DECISION TO JAIL PEOPLE FOR MARIJUANA BUT THAT SAYS ALCOHOL IS TOLERABLE BECAUSE ITS BEEN AROUND A WHILE AND WHAT GOOD IS A PARTY WITHOUT ALCOHOL. AND CIGARETTES THOUGH BAD ARE OK BECAUSE THE GOOD OLE BOY NEXT DOOR ENJOYS THEM, JUST WARN OTHER ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN FROM LONG TERM USE.

MY DADDY SMOKED WEED AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. I AS A CHILD THOUGHT THE JOINTS WERE HOME ROLLED CIGARETTES. AS FOR THE CHILDREN... OUT OF 7, 4 SMOKED POT OF WHICH 2 SMOKED CIGARETTES, 5 OF US DRINK OCCASIONALLY, 1 SMOKES CIGARS. 2 HAVE POSSESSION CHARGES, 4 HAVE BETTER THAN 4 YEAR DEGREES, 7 HAVE AT LEAST A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION. THE 2 THAT HAVE POSSESSION CHARGES OF WHICH 1 IS 22 HOURS FROM A BACHELORS DEGREE BUT AFTER THE POSSESSION CHARGE AFFECTED HIS ABILITY TO FIND A JOB DECIDED WTF? AND DIDNT GO BACK. WHAT A WASTE, BUT HOW MANY PRIOR BACHELOR DEGREE PURSUITS ENDED FALLING SHORT OF DEGREE GLORY? 1 CHILD WAS MURDERED AT EARLY 30 BY SOMEONE THAT WAS INTOXICATED AND UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF COCAINE, THE OTHERS ALL WORK OR ARE SELF EMPLOYED EARNING FROM $35000 TO $100000.

ONLY 1 SIBLING SMOKES OCCASIONALLY NOW BUT I AM SURE AT LEAST 2 OTHER WOULD STILL SMOKE IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE FEAR OF REJECTION OR WORSE CHARGES OR INABILITY TO GET A DECENT JOB.

MY REAL COMMENT IS THIS.

BEING THAT MARIJUANA IS ILLEGAL YOUR CHILDREN FIND THEIR HIGHS IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET, IN EXOTIC LAB CREATED DRUGS THAT THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE FAR WORSE THAN THE MUNCHEES AND FALLING ASLEEP ON THE SOFA, THAT LEAVE YOU SENSELESS AND INCAPABLE OF RATIONAL THINKING FOR YEARS TO COME, THAT IS 90% GUARANTEED TO GIVE YOU AND/OR THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU INHALING THE SAME AIR SOME DREADFUL CANCER, OR WORSE ALCOHOL THAT WILL LEAVE YOU SENSELESS AND INCOHERENT OR NULL AND VOID AND NUMB....WHAT DOCUMENTED PROOF HORRIBLE SIDE AFFECTS OF POT SMOKING EXISTS?

AND ON ANOTHER THOUGHT OUR POLITICIANS ARE NOT GOD, THOUGH THEY ACT LIKE IT SOMETIMES. WHAT GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO DIRECT YOU TO OPTIONS THAT CARRY A FAR LESSER PENALTY AND IS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE AND TAXED BUT ARE FAR MORE DAMAGING? OR IS IT THAT ITS TAXED AND MAKING MONEY FOR THE GREEDY HAVES AND KILLING THE HAVE NOTS AND THROWING THEM IN JAIL AND REALLY IN ACTUALITY KEEPING THEM FROM BECOMING THE HAVES THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE? WHAT HAPPENED TO CHOOSING THE LESSER EVIL?

I DONT SEE THE POINT.

SIGNED,

SJ JUST MISSING MY WEED IN DESOTO TX

WEED IS GOOD

MY TYPING NEVER WAS....

SJ

willaimson county...Seems like we have a problem...ALWAYS!!!!

ok soooo I came across this webpage when I recicved a call from a possibly employee that was very interested in me for working for them. " We found on your background check that you have a misdemoner from this year. Sorry we cant place you in our workplace." I, myself, was very shocked! Yes its true I do have a misdemenor for a P.O.M charge of < then 2 oz. I felt I was wrongfully arressted on the date of January 29. 2008 for the possienson of a dime..yes a dime.

Let me tell you how it all happen:
On the nite of January 29. 2008.....I bought a dime sack for me and my boyfriend and a couple of our friends to smoke. On returning from the trip on foot from purchasing the bud all by myself, I returned home to find my boyfriend horribly sick. Immeditaly scrurring to the hospital choffurred by my mom, I arrived, only to stay a long nite at the hostipal til 4:30am in the morning. Upon arrival to the apartments of where I was staying due to my homeless situation, I rolled a blunt, me and my boyfriend were smoking outside on the friends porch, my friend came outside to ask if he could smoke and I told him, "No. I dont like to smoke with people I dont ever smoke with and people who dont ever smoke." He still persisted to ask and ask and like a parent of a child i gave in. Just like anyone who smokes, he took large hits and inhaled deeply, soon after the hits, the blunt was now a roach and i put out, only to not know what was to come around the corner of my life. The friend of mine said all in good hearted thank yous and said he felt good, going inside to what I thought to enjoy his high, he was gone and disappered into the apartment. Still outside with my boyfriend and my other friend who didnt smoke, we talked and lit cigaretts...taking drags was like counting down the clock of what was going to happen. As i pursuited inside to rest my aching body and drained mind, I was ready to sleep. Laying on the couch with my boyfriend, we both heard aloud clashing and breaking noise of what to me sounded like a thousand chimes of glass was breaking in my head. I, the only one, who was really aware of the loud noise, my other friend came in from his cigarette, We both asked out loud," What did ____ break?" Ushering ourselves to the backroom, we heard more glass breaking, finally inside the darken room, I turned on the light, to only see my friend stuck in the window, like it was a cobwebb of glass. Panicking and scared, I try to tell him not to pull his arms out but it was too late, he was walking towards my friend, holding out his arm in a bloody hug, only to collaspe halfway in between the hallway and the bathroom. My friend scared and frighten rush to his cell phone calling 911, reporting the incident, I watched of puddle of blood formed underneath my friend. Thats when I begin to talk to him and to bring him back from the death he was barley escaping, finally awaking, he sat up and I begin to wrap his arms in white towels, they became easily soaked in blood. He stared at me with hate in his eyes," This is all your fault." I looked puzzled, "No, you decided to make an irresponsible decsion all on your own, there is noone else to blame but yourself." As soon as the converstation was cut, his mother stormed in from is front door and was upset as any parent would be, I explained to her what had happen and she became irratiate and I begin to gather my things and rushed out the front door with ther following. All i thought at that time was....." I have to get out of here! Fast!" trying to find a way out of this hell, I saw a fence and was about to climb, " Freeze!" a loud voice came ten feet from behind. I casually walked over to the officer and he behind to question me to what happen and seemed less less concern of my friend, " Look officer!!!! You have to help my friend! He is bleeding to death!" He laughed and begin to search me for weapons. " Why are you searching me?", he answered, " To make sure you dont have any weapons." I looked at him shocked, " Excuse me? You think I would do this to my own friend?" He glared me in the eyes, " Hell, I dont know. You could of." I was floored when he told me that. In any state of mind either sober or high I would never thought of doing anything to any of my friends. He beind to search my items, packs and packs of different assorted tobbacco packs then sum shake, " Whats this?" he looked in question. " Whats what sir." He pointed with a guilty finger," That dumbass." I searched my dazed and tired mind for an answer, " Hachei, Hooka tobacco sir." He looked in disbelief...." What?ever!? Thats marijauna...Put your hands behind your back like your praying, your going to jail!" He throw me in the back of the patrol vechicle like I was nothing and let my boyfriend go and I stared at him walking away as he seemed so lost, only to look back at me, with wet eyes. I was thrown into jail for seventeen days and ever since then I have hated the fact that I got locked up for a dime and I hate that everything in my life is never going to ever be the same, my record is never gonna be clean, I lost the love of my life and not I cant forward with my life at all. Thanks alot williamson county. How I'am gonna move on with life......?

BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters

Looks like most of the arrest examples mentioned here involve vehicle stops.

If you haven't watched the video called "BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters", be sure to check it out. Everyone should know his or her own rights and how to avoid giving them away during police encounters.

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Arrested...

Atascosa county- south 37 or 281, south of San Antonio.
Cops were jerk- i told them i didn't consent to the search but they 'smelled' pot on us. Enough to search the car- found small amount of 'contraband' on my wife, i.e. 1.5 grams. Gave them enough to search the trunk and found the rest of out total 3g. stash. Arrested and given a $3000 bond and still waiting for court. Not only that, but my wife as a first time offender was given a $2000 bond. FOR 4 GRAMS TOTAL! Absolute bullshit!
While is spent my 24 hours in jail, for a non-violent, didn't hurt anyone yet cost everyone 'criminal act', there was another few arrests later. One in particular was a 19 year old kid freaking out due to too much xanex. They LET HIM GO. Booked him, let him relax for a minute and then BAM, out of jail. SO, the moral of the Texass law system is thus: prescription or not, man made is ok. (he took them for recreation purposes, not for medical purposes.)
Anyways, I am resigned to stop giving Texas my hard earned tax monies and forfeit my vote here for a better state. One that is more congruent with reason and justice- not a state willing to sentance its non-violent offenders to the same fate as murderers, rapists and other types (if we had stayed a day longer, we'd been put into 'population' or the regular crowd in the jail).

well heres my question

okay yeah i smoke marijuana
i DONOT drive while entoxicated
but, sometimes i have it on me while im driving
if i get pulled over, searched && they find it on me
what could be my fine ? or whats gonna happen to me really ??
im 18 years old,female, & i stay in houston texas....
(jus givin my info since i see its different in every state & for a male/female )

well heres my question

Keep it in your ash tray never consent to a search. And ohhh yeah always give them your real stuff they will find out. A police officer can direct you to look at traffic camera and take your picture and look for you in the data base. 

response to "well here's my question"

i'm a 16 year old female in texas. and i smoke weed. i do drive under the influence. but it is very different from driving while drunk. my aunt recently got pulled over with a roach in her car. she spent the morning in jail and is on probation now. my uncle got 6 months probabtion and was caught with a quarter sac. so i'm not sure if that answers your question. hope i helped

It's all about RIGHTS!

Since Marijuana is still unfortunetly illegal, God hoping that will change soon, be aware of your rights. I have read so many comments where police have searched your car. Why would you let them?! Clear up the "probable cause" issue by using some visine. If a cop asks you if he can search your car tell him/her no. Unless your in Wilco I don't imagine the K-9 unit being brought out. Yes Williamson County is ruthless, but that is common knowledge. Be carefule if your driving within those County lines.

Oh and as far as calling anyone who smokes Cannabis white trash your completely delusioned. Just as you probably are on the drug itself. I am a conservative republican graduate from Texas A&M and a very productive member of society. I suffer from severe depression and marijuana has helped me stay driven, focused, and downright happy. Results no psychologist I've seen to date, regardless of the many legal prescription pills they gave me, has been able to do. My father passed away of cancer a number of years ago. I watched him day after day in the hospital barely able to choke down half a Dr.Pepper every meal. According to the docter that was pretty good for a patient on Chemo. That was 75 calories every meal. I recently saw a report on a 17 year old girl going through the same ordeal. Her MOTHER brought her cannabis after seeing her daughter wither away and guess what? Her appetite improved, she claims it helps with the pain and nausea better than any drug her docters had given her, and now she has a much better chance of recovery. I WISH the government would have allowed my father that same opportunity. Even if the outcome were the same if it had helped with the sickness in the least who is to say that is wrong? You Mr. I'll follow you home and beat the daylights out of you? Go hate on someone you actually have some ground to stand on against.

The sad truth is that it has many more applications if people would open their mind to something that you've just being propagated to hate since you were young. This isn't going to be a hippy movement. No one under 21 should be legal allowed to purchase or smoke it still. As of July 2008 there were 300 million people in America. The National Institute of Drug Abuse say 100 million people have tried it at least once. Thats 1/3 of America! That could be a ton of money generated in taxes.

Think about it.

Police and the Law

Police officers don't make the laws but are expected, indeed obligated, to enforce them.

On the idea of crack heads needing help

I don't mind helping the helpless however, the clueless are on their own.

the state kidnapped my kids because i smoke pot

my god someday.just like the country came to its senses regarding prohibition. it will be legal the question then becomes can we survive untill then? when i first started smoking in texas people would get ten years for two seedsthings have improvd butjus like there was a time when slavery was thought to be a reasonable thing but now justice prevails sort of right now the state is holding my kids hostage until i quit smoking pot his is an unspeakable evil . blackmailed in dallas

Marijuana

Hmm, I live in Denver and it is legal here up to an oz. I did not know that people still went to jail for that?!? Denver Police don't even confiscate your bud, if your caught with it. That sucks for you guys. Let me guess, it's a republican state?

MAN is retarded

Does anyone here believe in GOD? If so, how can MAN deem ILLEGAL what GOD has CREATED. Seems like a one-way ticket to HELL if you ask me.....

17 and taken to jail

My best friend is such a harmless person, he just started hanging out with the wrong people and yesterday night he and his friend were pulled over for a traffic violation. So the cop ended up searching his car and found a pipe underneath the passenger seat, so that gave him a reason to check my friend and found some marijuana in his pocket but it was definetly not a quarter pound if anything it was just enough to roll a blunt. And yet they take him in to the downtown police station and the driver was let go with a ticket? So how exactly does this HB2391 shit work because obviously cops arent going by this rule. I am against pot in every single way but when i see that they didnt have to take him to jail then this pisses me off. Give him a huge fine but really whats the purpose of making him go threw that. He was freaked out as it was.

yea i went to jail at 17 too.

I got pulled over because fail to turn on a signal light making a turn. one thing lead to another ended up searching my car and found some weed i swear it was less than a gram just like a fat nugget. enough to roll up a joint that's it he ended up towing my car and taking me to jail. im only 17 haven't really been in trouble with the law except having no insurance but this time i was cover. well he was black and i was white and don't get me wrong i have had a black girlfriend nothing wrong and far from races  had sex with blacks lol but i felt he was back in the old times and made me his lil bitch by taking me to jail. again i am only 17 a couple of traffic ticket and school tickets but never a drug charge. spent a whole week 7 days in jail come out and have probation for a year intill november 23 of 2013 60$ a month 5$ for a drug test and 80 hours of community service. i guess my best advice for anyone who just go out of jail dont fuck with a free attorney. they in it for the money and if u dont sign for probation he is not getting paid. if you go on your own way and get your own lawyer out of your pocket yea expect to pay like 2,000$ but you are not going to sign for probation well in my cases i wasn't and some other things would of happen. but at the end i find it very fuck up how texas laws are made. while im in jail im sitting right next to people who broke into car's, houses, family assault and im the guy saying only in here for less than a gram of marijuana. the ass hole cop weight it with the bag and it came out to 2.3g or something like 2.8g and yes still went to jail for that but and coming out of jail having to do all of this is suck a bunch of bullshit.

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You are so lucky to live in Denver, Co.or the other 13 states

Can a person move to say New Mexico, California, or Colorado from Texas and say become a resident in N.M. and qualify for Medical Marijuana? Texas used to be a state you wished you could live in and now it is the complete opposite!!!! Why are we so slow to deal with something as important as Medical marijuana for seriously ill people!!!! I'm moving cause I have no choices in Texas!

Make it a Federal Law (Medical Marijuana)

I like Obama OK, however I seem to be the minority in this very unstable economy this country has. I'm not sure whether Obama has the stones to get re-elected next election?! Things seem to be getting worse and worse! He has already given his opinion on his approval of Medical Marijuana. Why doesn't he make this a federal case: For the use of Medical Marijuana and approve it! I could almost assure him the presidency next term with all that's happening! He should be stronger in taking action instead of talking about it! What are they waiting for? Are they waiting for BP to plug up the leak in the gulf? I really think God is mad as heck about this leak and we haven't a clue to when, if ever, the leak will be fixed?! If the latter occurs we'll all need to smoke a little and Obama can kiss the presidency goodbye!

Thats a crock of ----

Well the idea was good however no one uses it. The only county that even considers not taking you to jail is Travis county anywhere else in Texas they don't care you are screwed. I live in Travis county and i have never heard or seen a cop give out a ticket for possession of marijuana you go straight to jail! The Jails prove it This is a REAL FACT. I watched car thieves, and some one who put another person in ICU because they were driving drunk get less of a sentence then me with a misdemeanor pot charge here in Austin. As far as a job goes your screwed. I am not a criminal I have never made less then 60k a year for the last ten years. Pay all my taxes on time have a family pay all my bills and have worked for Major corporations and been super successful. Well I was Layed off from DELL because they gave my job to some one in INDIA.
I went to College and because i had a bag of pot I am Now labeled a hardened Criminal I Can NOT even get a job at a gas station. Trying to save tax payers money is a JOKE. I am being forced to live off the government I want to work but i am being forced too. This is crazy I pay my probation fees with money the government gives me WTF this is not a good system. SO the government will never get taxes from me again and they are going to pay for me to live for the rest of my life because of a pot charge this is so stupid. I feel like they are telling me to go sell drugs that is my only option what kind of society is this. Marijuana needs to be decriminalized period it does not hurt any one. The only job I may be able to get like construction or something I cant get hired because I am not A FOREIGNER I am a American all the jobs that I can get Immigrants have.

read between the bars

Reality is prison is a business.  Too much money generated from putting us behind bars.  As with everything American, money rules.  How much money would be lost if we stopped drug testing for marijuana and stopped arresting people for marijuana.  How many thousands of drug tests are administered every year?  That's money generated for some company to administer these tests.  If they legalize it, there would be less crime, but also less jobs.  I don't see it happening in my lifetime, it's too lucrative.  So just be smart and invest in these private prisons because business is booming. 

Question

My boyfriend was in the car with his friend when the narcotics came and searched the car, they calm for parbole calls someone called it in... anywho they searched them. My boyfriend had nothing on him but hos friend had weed and an illegal firearm on him. Does my boyfriend face the same charges as his friend ?

Yes because cops always

Yes because cops always assume you knew what was in the vehicle you got into. 

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