Although attitudes across the country appear to be changing and certain states have even decriminalized the behavior, marijuana possession arrests are still common in Texas and across the nation.
According to a recent study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union, Texas actually has one of the highest arrest rates for marijuana possession in the country. In 2010, Texas was second in the nation in terms of the total number of people arrested for possessing marijuana. In total, over 74,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession in Texas that year.
In addition to the high arrest rate across Texas, the study also revealed a racial disparity among those who were charged with possession. In Texas, the study found that blacks were arrested twice as frequently as whites for marijuana possession. Although black people make up only around 12 percent of the population in Texas, the report found that they accounted for over 25 percent of the individuals who faced marijuana possession charges in 2010.
Despite this disparity, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reported that there is no disparity among the number of black and white people who use marijuana across the country.
Fight marijuana possession charges in Texas
In Texas, the ACLU reported that over $250,000,000 was spent on marijuana possession charges in 2010 – including each step of the process from the arrest to individuals who were incarcerated.
When someone faces charges of marijuana possession in Texas, it is critical to be aware of the potential penalties, which can be quite severe.
Under Texas law, individuals who are found in possession of two ounces or less of marijuana face misdemeanor charges that could lead to up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
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