First Time Marijuana Offenders May Now Avoid Jail In Houston

TEXAS:  An announcement today revealed a plan by the Harris County district attorney to change how marijuana possession charges for small amounts are handled.

Houston-based Devon Anderson stated today at a press conference that beginning Monday, non-violent first offenders carrying less than 2 ounces of marijuana will be able to escape prosecution by performing eight hours of community service or going through a drug awareness class.

“We are targeting the people we believe are self-correcting and will be ‘scared straight’ by being handcuffed and transported,” Anderson said. “Our goal is to keep these individuals from entering the revolving door of the criminal justice system.”