Austin City Council Approves Ordinance to End Low-level Marijuana Arrests

In January 2020, the Austin City Council unanimously passed a resolution that limits enforcement action for certain low-level marijuana possession offenses.

In summary the city resolution –

  • Commits to not wasting city resources on testing THC levels for low-level marijuana offenses; and
  • To the extent allowable under state law, stops the Austin Police Department from citing and arresting people for marijuana possession cases they know will be rejected by prosecutors.

Statewide reform to decriminalize marijuana is long overdue. Texas had the highest total number of marijuana possession arrests in 2018, and Black people are arrested at 2.6 times the rate of white people. .

Austin is stepping in the direction most Texans have an opinion, that marijuana should be decriminalized and taxed.