People In Houston Are No Longer Going To Jail For Marijuana Possession

Beginning on Wednesday, people who are caught with small amounts of marijuana in Harris County, Texas, will no longer earn a trip to jail.

Under the new “cite-and-release” policy, announced last month, police in Texas’ most populous county will instead offer four-hour drug education classes to anybody found with less than four ounces of marijuana. Harris County includes Houston, the fourth-most populous city in the U.S., with about 4.5 million residents.

Authorities will still arrest and prosecute cases when they find marijuana in…

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