Buzzkill: Cite-and-Release Now a Pipe Dream in Dallas

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DALLAS -- Here's some news that's sure to be a buzzkill to the marijuana-friendly among you. Wednesday morning, the Dallas City Council grounded any high hopes of cops handing out tickets for marijuana possession instead of making arrests.

The cite-and-release proposal would've made citations the norm for Dallas residents who were caught with less than 4 ounces of marijuana.

But in the end, the initiative didn't receive enough support.

The proposal flamed out primarily due to the Far North Dallas territories, Denton and Collin Counties, being under a different sheriff's jurisdiction. Since those residents would not have been eligible for cite-and-release, the council deemed the law to be unfair.

The proposal lost on a 10-5 vote. So for the time being the idea of getting ticketed for marijuana possession instead of getting put in handcuffs is still a pipe dream.

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