Smarter approaches to cannabis seem to be in vogue right now, but a small town in Texas is ramping up the war on marijuana. The town in question is Mart, and the chief of police seems to have a vendetta against weed. And the people who consume it. Here’s what’s happening:
(Tumble)Weed In Texas
In Texas, police have considerable discretion with how they deal with people who are caught with small amounts of marijuana. They can, under a 2007 law, issue that person a citation.
This is what police will be doing in Dallas, where possession of less than four ounces of cannabis will result in entry into a “cite-and-release” program. Similar efforts are underway in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston. Ramping up the war on marijuana is seemingly not on the agenda in these cities.
Nearly every major city in the state is choosing not to automatically derail someone’s life over minuscule amounts of marijuana. Sending them to jail, having their car towed, forcing them to miss work, potentially losing their job and their home, and ending up on the street doesn’t seem to have much appeal.
Such leniency ends at the city limits of Mart, a town of about 2,000 souls outside of Waco.
Police Chief Paul Cardenas has declared an all-out war on marijuana. He has instructed his police officers to greet “any usable amount” of cannabis with an arrest and a trip to jail. No exceptions, no excuses and no prisoners. Wait, strike that