Dallas Police will no longer routinely arrest people carrying marijuana in amounts less than two ounces.
New Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia informed the city council yesterday, saying his officers will instead issue citations.
Marijuana possession arrests made up 7% of all arrests by Dallas officers during the first three weeks of February. And 80% of those marijuana arrests, were for possession of fewer than two ounces.
One reason Garcia gave is a statistic showing that Blacks and Hispanics have lower level drug arrests out of proportion to their percentage of the population. Garcia also believes the new policy will free up officers' time to combat violent crimes.
There are still several scenarios where someone with less than two ounces of marijuana can still be charged, including if the offender is also in possession of a firearm, or if police believe the intent is to distribute.