Got Pot? Could Soon Mean Just a Ticket, Not Jail in Dallas

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DALLAS -- Well, looks like pot is back on the docket. That's right, the Dallas City Council is talking marijuana again. Last month, the Public Safety Commission met with DPD to decide if the city should adopt a cite and release policy in Dallas.

“We’ve gotten to where we are in 2016 because we simply don’t hold anybody accountable for anything, just a simple slap on the wrist,” said Councilmen Rickey Callahan.

“What we know is that arresting people for low-level possession destroys our social fabric,” Councilmen Philip Kingston said during Wednesday's Meeting.

If you're a little hazy about all this, 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.

“It’s a good first step. It starts the conversation moving, but the problem that I have is that it's really not enough,” Loretta Labrada said. In fact, you could still face a fine and some jail time.

“You are still responsible for the penalties and fines and even jail time associated with that,” Labrada said.

Meanwhile back at Wednesday's meeting, one of the other arguments made was about how the program  won't be fair to folks who are residents of neighboring counties.

The council decided to try to get more counties involved before a final vote. Guess we’ll have to wait and see if this pilot program will fly high, or end up in smoke.