Austin police will not cite or arrest folks for Class A or Class B misdemeanor marijuana possession, Chief Brian Manley said in a memo Thursday.
Officers will now solely cite or arrest folks for misdemeanor marijuana possession if an individual’s security is in danger, whether it is a part of a felony narcotics case or in an investigation of a violent felony, Manley mentioned.
Earlier this year in January, the Austin City Council voted to end enforcement of such low-level marijuana charges. Police additionally had been stopped from pursuing new testing strategies to differentiate narcotic marijuana from authorized hemp.
In June 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into regulation Texas House Bill 1325, which outlined authorized hemp as hashish crops that include lower than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.
“After reviewing the current protocols for handling marijuana cases at all of the relevant county and district courts and attorney offices and/or conferring with representatives from those respective entities, APD has revised our marijuana-enforcement polices to comply with council’s resolution and align with present practices within the local judicial system,” Manley wrote.
Manley mentioned that after the town’s ruling, the Texas Department of Public Safety mentioned it might not be accepting misdemeanor marijuana instances for lab evaluation. [Read more at The Statesman]