In Hartley County in Texas, 42% of individuals taken into custody are charged with marijuana possession. That figure is 42.1% farther south in Sterling County. Nationally, roughly 6% of all people taken into custody face marijuana possession charges. However, it is not uncommon for that number to spike to nearly 20% in many jurisdictions throughout the country. This is in spite of the fact that there is a push in many areas to legalize the substance.
Some Texas residents may find a release from drug cases and other minor criminal charges after the Dallas County district attorney said that his office will no longer focus on prosecuting these types of cases. He noted that this is an attempt to deal with a mass incarceration problem and reflected the campaign promises that saw him elected to the position. Some of the cases the office will decline to prosecute include matters related to first-time marijuana or THC possession, possession of small "trace" amounts of other drugs, criminal trespass, or small-scale theft.
Major reforms to the Uniform Code of Military Justice laws began January 1, 2019. The Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman noted the changes are the most significant updates to the criminal code since the UCMJ's inception in 1950.
Two Texas men were taken into custody after SWAT team members from the Brownwood Police Department and the Brown County Sheriff's Office executed search warrants at their homes on March 28 and March 29. A 55-year-old Brownwood man has been charged with possessing drugs with the intent to deliver, and he faces a sentencing enhancement because narcotics were allegedly discovered in a drug-free zone. A 57-year-old Brownwood man faces drug and weapons possession charges.
Texas residents may be interested in learning how a Harris County district attorney pushed for a change that has led to an 80 percent reduction in marijuana possession-related misdemeanors. In Harris County, a program implemented by the district attorney allows individuals to go through a special course as opposed to being arrested for marijuana possession.