A new program that could let marijuana users walk free is expected to be announced Thursday by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
Under a new diversion program there may not be as many arrests. She is set tomorrow to announce it.
The court system is clogged with people who have been caught with small amounts of marijuana, according to several lawyers. A diversion program would mean the qualifying offenders would agree to some conditions and eventually have the charges dropped.
They feel the court system will not be as clogged.
The police union says while it would be great to have officers go after rapists and murderers instead of writing paperwork on marijuana, they are taking a wait-and-see approach.
“I have a feeling there are going to be less arrests for marijuana, but I’m hoping this program does work,” Ray Hunt said. “I’m hoping it does allow space in our jails to be held for the bad guys.”
Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon thinks different and does not agree with Ogg.
Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon cautioned newly elected Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg that “she doesn’t speak for the State of Texas or the majority of elected District and County Attorney’s across the State” and warns against her role in becoming a spokesperson for a liberal marijuana legalization organization.
“Despite a rise in violent crime rates in Harris County, Ms. Ogg chooses to focus her attention on the issue of legalization of marijuana,” Ligon said. “I hope it’s a mistake in judgment on her part and not a sign of things to come. I respect the jurisdictional differences between Montgomery County and Harris County, and I hope she does too.
“Unlike Harris County, Montgomery County will not become a sanctuary for dope smokers. I swore an oath to follow the law – all the laws, as written by the Texas Legislature. I don’t get to pick and choose which laws I enforce,” Ligon said.
“Further, I have my doubts about the study that her organization touts regarding the dismissal rate for misdemeanor cases. Experienced prosecutors know that misdemeanor possession cases are usually filed in combination with other charges and are likely dismissed as part of a plea to another matter, or disposed of through pre-trial diversion programs, only after the defendant has had the opportunity to receive drug and alcohol treatment and counseling,” Ligon concluded.
Several Legislators have filed bills to decriminalize marijuana in Texas.But Ligon said the law is the law and he was sworn to uphold the law until State Lawmakers changed it.
Ligon explains his view and defends his actions.