Community Reacts to Harris County Marijuana Policy

Harris County recently announced a new policy Thursday stating misdemeanor offenders with less than four ounces of marijuana will not be arrested, ticketed or required to appear in court if they agree to take a four-hour drug education class.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Victoria resident, Jackie Ray said.

Victoria residents share their opinion on the new Harris County marijuana policy.

“I think getting stuck with a possession charge drastically affects your ability to get a good job later in life how people look at you. so knowing that anything under four ounces wont have an arrest record i think that’s a good idea,” Ray said.

Anything less than two ounces carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.00.

“There’s a lot of other bigger crimes out there that they could be enforcing and there’s a lot of people they could be protecting for them to be stopping for such a minor crime and a minor amount its almost a waste of their personal time,” Victoria resident, Eric Cardenas said.

Victoria residents believe the policy could be helpful in the crossroads.

“I would think it would be a lot less stress on PD,” Cardenas said.

“I feel like our tax dollars could go to better things than arresting people with marijuana. I feel like there are worst things in life than that,” Ray said.