New Data shows that Marijuana possession arrests fell almost 30 percent in Texas from 2018 to 2019, and that trend seems connected to the legalization of the plant’s non-intoxicating cousin hemp. While marijuana remains illegal in Texas, the policy change around hemp in mid-2019 created complications for law enforcement since the two forms of the cannabis crop are often indistinguishable to the naked eye. Police reported, because of this, they can’t consistently charge people without conducting lab analyses of seized cannabis for THC content according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the new process appears to have led to a significant decline in marijuana arrests. In 2018, there were about 63,000 marijuana prosecutions in the state—and that went down to just over 45,000 arrests in 2019.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 09/09/2020 15:14:57