Texas: Travis County District Lawyer introduced 32 felony marijuana circumstances have been dismissed late Wednesday


CBS stories if regulation enforcement can’t inform the distinction between hemp & cannabis.


The Travis County District Lawyer introduced 32 felony marijuana circumstances have been dismissed late Wednesday after discussing how the brand new hemp regulation would affect native regulation enforcement.

“If we are able to’t show our case, we have to dismiss,” mentioned Travis County DA, Margaret Moore.

She defined the brand new hemp regulation, signed by Governor Greg Abbott, differentiates authorized hemp from unlawful marijuana by how a lot THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is within the substance, the lively ingredient that makes one excessive.

Regulation enforcement might battle to inform the distinction between pot and hemp and, for now, police don’t have the potential to check for a way a lot THC is within the plant.

Police will want a machine that Moore mentioned is an estimated $185 thousand {dollars}, not together with extra personnel to function it. In a gathering with regulation enforcement on Wednesday, Moore mentioned she discovered it could take 8-12 months for the machine to get to police.

“It’s irritating to me that the legislature handed this invoice saying there could be little to no fiscal affect when clearly that’s not the case,” she mentioned.

Moore has additionally requested native regulation enforcement to not file any felony pot costs except they seek the advice of along with her workplace first.

“So, we are able to talk about the practicalities of getting the lab testing accomplished, how lengthy it’s going to take and the way a lot it’s going to price earlier than the costs are filed,” she mentioned.

With hemp as a cousin to marijuana and counties in Houston and San Antonio saying related positions following the regulation, some imagine this response is a step nearer to the state legislature decriminalizing pot.

“I most likely communicate for some individuals who would say ‘effectively, I definitely hope so.’ I don’t know that’s the case, that it’s clear there’s no legislative intent to legalize marijuana with this invoice. I believe the affect they’ve had on enforcement is an unintended consequence which is a bit disturbing however I don’t assume we’re saying that ‘we need to legalize marijuana,” mentioned Moore.

Moore mentioned she’s nonetheless conscious of public security implications of those circumstances. She mentioned drug offenders who get caught with medication that warrant a felony cost are appropriately prosecuted whereas circumstances that aren’t well worth the public funds will likely be dismissed.

“I believe that’s what this neighborhood expects us to do,” mentioned Moore.



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