Marijuana Could Soon Mean a Ticket, Not Arrest in Dallas

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DALLAS -- It may seem like just another boring committee meeting, but folks are talking about marijuana at Dallas City Hall. Not banning it, but making it a little less illegal.

“I took away that it wasn’t just a cite and release conversation, it was about a legalization of marijuana conversation,” said Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

Tuesday, the Public Safety Commission of the Dallas City Council met with Dallas PD to decide if the city should adopt the Texas Cite and Release program. If you're a little hazy about what cite and release means, anyone caught with less than two ounces of pot will be issued a citation to appear in court instead of getting locked up.

“We can see both sides of this from a law enforcement standpoint, as being you can argue both sides and win,” Chief Brown said.

“I’d say 80% my case load right now is people that were arrested for possession of marijuana less than two ounces,” said Attorney David Sloane. He has seen his fair share of minor possession cases, and so does DPD. They say they make 100- 120 misdemeanor pot arrests every month.

“It’s going to be a tremendous cost savings for the taxpayer," Sloane said

The commission decided to move the discussion before the full city council before giving the green light to the pilot program.