After taking the oath of office as the new District Attorney for Houston, Texas, Kim Ogg energized the crowd at her public inauguration ceremony by reiterating one of her more popular campaign promises:
“All misdemeanor possession of marijuana cases will be diverted around jail.”
Starting the New Year on a high note, Ogg informed her supporters that the Houston D.A. would no longer seek incarceration for individuals busted with less than 4 ounces of marijuana, according to online reports.
“I’ve never felt good about putting marijuana users in the same jail cells as murderers. It’s just not fair, it doesn’t make any sense, and our country is resoundingly against that.”
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is also on board with this common sense approach:
“I think you’ll have a really spirited but well-informed discussion, and at some point I could really foresee, in the future, marijuana and some other oils being legalized for medicinal purposes; it will probably be the first step in Texas.”
Initially cultivated by Devon Anderson, Harris County’s now ousted D.A. rolled out the First Chance Intervention Program in 2014. Mandating all law enforcement offer the drug intervention program to those individuals caught with less than 2 ounces of weed, the program protected the county’s nonviolent pot smokers from unjustified incarceration.
Providing a far better alternative to a massive fine and life-altering incarceration, those now caught with less than a quarter pound of pot in Harris County will no longer face potential jail time.