On April 16, a 23-year-old Texas man was taken into police custody for drug possession. Pinehurst authorities stated that he was accused of the drug charges following a traffic stop.
On April 12, the Dallas City Council voted to cite and release those who are found to possess small amounts of marijuana. For an individual to be ticketed under the law, he or she must be in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, live in Dallas County and not be charged with any other crimes. While Texas law allows other crimes to be covered under a cite and release program, this measure applies to marijuana only.
On April 7, it was reported that a man who was thought to be the leader of a drug trafficking ring that was active in East Texas turned himself into authorities. Officials from Smith County said that the man was responsible for overseeing a minimum of 15 marijuana cultivation sites that were located in numerous counties.
Signs of a softening attitude toward marijuana have emerged from the Texas House of Representatives. A bill meant to switch possession of one ounce of marijuana or less to a civil infraction instead of a criminal offense has been approved by the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
A former Texas Christian University quarterback was taken into custody by Dallas police during the early morning hours of March 27 following an alleged drunk driving accident. While Trevone Boykin was not behind the wheel of the car involved, police claim to have found 7 grams of marijuana in a bag the 23-year-old former signal caller is said to have admitted was his. Boykin was transported to the Dallas County Jail for processing, and his bond was subsequently set at $500.
Two Houston rappers who are known as Paul Wall and Baby Bash were cleared by a grand jury on March 21. The pair had been charged along with nine other defendants for organized crime for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to sell THC.
According to a March 7 report, Texas law enforcement agencies have taken multiple people who were believed to be involved in various marijuana fields into custody. Fifteen different marijuana fields have been discovered in multiple East Texas counties since 2015.
Texas leads the nation in the number of people who are convicted of crimes and later exonerated, followed by Illinois. In addition to the problems inherent with wrongful convictions, a study has found that African-Americans were much likelier to be wrongfully convicted of drug offenses, sex assaults and murders than were others.
Two Texas residents were arrested on drug charges on Feb. 16 after authorities found $36,000 of hydroponic marijuana in their vehicle. The incident took place in Jefferson County.
A Texas county is rolling out a new policy to decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana. Harris County is where Houston is located, and the policy will allow those found to be in possession less than four ounces of marijuana to resolve their case by taking a four-hour drug education course. If these people complete the course, they will not receive a ticket or be taken into custody. Furthermore, they will not be required to appear in court.