Candidates in a race for district attorney in Harris County are both proposing the decriminalization of marijuana. Decriminalization was reportedly proposed by the Democratic candidate for the position in August, and if elected, her program would focus on cutting costs and decreasing time spent on prosecuting misdemeanor offenders. In response, the Republican incumbent announced that first-time offenders who possess less than 2 ounces of marijuana would have the opportunity to avoid prosecution by either attending a drug education class or performing eight hours of community service.
The current district attorney's plain is directed at stopping first-time offenders from using drugs without the stigma of drug possession charges on their records. In her program, suspects will be taken to a police station where officers will record the incident and catalog the evidence. However, in the proposed candidate's plan, it does not matter whether the individuals are repeat offenders. Officers will ticket the accused individuals, and they will be required to participate in a two-day litter cleanup program around Houston bayous.