Harris County has made a huge step into the 21st century. The county and the city of Houston have announced the decriminalization of marijuana. Basically, if you are caught with under four ounces of weed, you will not be charged with a crime.
Let me be clear about this: I think weed should be legal. I damned near took a job in Colorado for that reason. I occasionally partake and see a lot of benefits in it. It has been extremely beneficial to me, especially when it comes to writing fiction. I have been smoking weed since I was a teenager. I think I turned out OK.
Even if I did not smoke, this makes too much sense. Roughly 12,000 people have been prosecuted each year in Harris County for sometimes as little as a few grams. It is a waste of resources. Over the last 10 years, reportedly a quarter million dollars has been spent prosecuting people with small amounts of weed. It ties up the courts and police, who could be focusing on more dangerous crimes.
Critics have already started saying that it is not the right of a few local politicians to make this decision. I disagree. I have always said local political elections are more critical than state and national elections. For that reason, I supported DA Kim Ogg’s bid for the office, because this was a big part of her agenda.
There are still a lot of questions, including what happens if you get caught a second time. The first time, they basically confiscate your weed and you have to take a four hour course on drugs. Once we get clarification on that, we will pass it along.
You should never smoke and drive, just like you should not drink and drive. And like alcohol, you should enjoy responsibly. But if you want to indulge a little at home, you now can do it without having your life ruined with a silly trip to jail.
I do not believe all drugs should be legal. But weed is not all drugs. And this is a big move for Harris County. In time, hopefully it will be completely legal. But at least now those of us who enjoy the occasional indulgence are not criminals.
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“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is a flower. God put it here…”
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