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A Houston deputy who pulled over Charnesia Corley, a 21-year-old black woman on her way to the store to pick up medicine for her sick mother, thought he smelled weed in Corley’s car. He searched the car and couldn’t find any. He called for a female officer to come to the gas station where Corley was being held so she could have her vagina searched. They arrested Corley because she objected to having her vagina examined in a gas station parking lot.
From KRTK:

“She tells me to pull my pants down. I said, ‘Ma’am, I don’t have any underwear on.’ She says, ‘Well, that doesn’t matter. Pull your pants down,'” Corley said.
She admits hesitating. Deputies say she resisted.
“I bend over and she proceeds to try to force her hand inside of me. I tell her, ‘Ma’am, No. You cannot do this,'” Corley told us candidly.
She insists at no time did she give consent for any such search. She’s retained an attorney, Sam Cammack, who argues that a search like this in a public parking lot is a violation of her civil rights.

From Houston Chron:

When the female deputy arrived, she told Corley to pull her pants down, but Corley protested because she was cuffed and had no underwear on. The deputy ordered Corley to bend over, pulled down her pants and began to search her.
Then, according to [Corley’s attorney, Sam] Cammack, Corley stood up and protested, so the deputy threw her to the ground and restrained her while another female was called in to assist. When backup arrived, each deputy held one of Corley’s legs apart to conduct the probe.

KTRK-TV reports deputies found 0.02 ounces of marijuana on Corley, but did not say from where.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies acted appropriately.

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AUSTIN, TX — Over two thirds of Texas voters support decriminalizing marijuana in the Lone Star State, according to the latest statewide poll released Wednesday.
The University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, which asked voters about a variety of political topics, found 68% of respondents support replacing criminal penalties for marijuana possession with a civil violation and fine. Only 26% were opposed.
The poll asked voters if they would support or oppose reducing punishment for possession of small amounts of marijuana to a citation and a fine of $250.  Of those polled, 44% said they “strongly support” and 24% said they “somewhat support” the idea.  Only 15% strongly oppose and 11% somewhat oppose decriminalization.
The poll, which was conducted between June 5 and June 15 and sampled 1200 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/- 2.83%.
Currently, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana in Texas is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
A proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Texas died earlier this year in the legislature.
House Bill 507, introduced by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso), would have removed the threat of arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of up to $250.
The bill had received initial approval in a 4-2 vote by the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, but was unable to be scheduled for a vote by the full House before the end of the legislative session.

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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -The debate over whether marijuana should be legalized in Texas makes many wonder what legalization would do to the court system.
There are some in the East Texas court systems who say the legalization of marijuana could take a lot of cases out of the courtroom and ease the dockets of judges. But it also comes with a possible new set of problems.
Marijuana possession cases regularly appear on the dockets of Gregg County courts.
“On the numbers that I see on a day-to-day basis, it would definitely impact it, [it would] significantly be lower if marijuana was legalized,” says justice of the peace precinct 1 Judge B.H. Jameson.
“I think it would have the largest impact on the misdemeanor dockets because so many of the offenses are misdemeanor offense. It would have some impact on the felony cases, but not nearly as much,” said 124th district court judge Alfonso Charles.
Judge Becky Simpson sees a lot of marijuana cases in juvenile court at the Gregg County court of law 1.
“I have so many young people tell me they are in fact addicted to marijuana, and that they can’t stop smoking. I perhaps would have fewer cases, but many of the times people who are arrested for possession of marijuana, they also have another charge as well. So I don’t know that it would dramatically affect my docket,” she says.
State representative David Simpson and Gregg County Commissioner Darryl Primo both support legalization, saying it’s time to take a new view on marijuana.
But judges foresee new problems with legalization.
“They’ll have to set standard such as operating equipment , motor vehicles. I still think there’s going to be restrictions placed as far as the court system goes,” Jameson says.
“Would it be legalized just for small quantities, for user amount, or across the board huge amounts; if you’re going to legalize it, how are you going to regulate it,” says Charles.
But those who have already gone through the court systems on marijuana charges may not be helped by legalization.
“I believe that would take effect for only offenses on or after September 1, 2015,” Charles says.
“If a person is placed on probation, they would still not be allowed to consume or smoke marijuana, just like they can’t drink alcohol, that would still be unlawful conduct while on probation.”
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