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Monday, December 31, 2007

New pot law isn't mellowing out TX authorities

Pot In Texas, the legislature passed a law that lets police simply give a ticket to someone accused of minor pot possession, instead of throwing the party in jail, the Dallas Morning News reports. (It was intended as a way to ease jail overcrowding.)

Outside of Austin, though, most counties aren't using this new rule. Partly because they're worried about misidentification. If you give someone a ticket, it's fairly simple for them to give a fake ID. If you book them, you've got their mug and fingerprints, which can be used to suss out their real name.

And partly it's because marijuana still carries a stigma.

"It may... lead some people to believe that drug use is no more serious than double parking," Mr. Davis said. "We don't want to send that message to potential drug users, particularly young people."


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