EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Individuals facing small marijuana possession charges will only be giving citations from El Paso Police beginning in September.
City Council approved the so-called ‘Cite and Release’ program during Tuesday’s meeting. The rule will apply to Class A and B misdemeanors, including possession of fewer than two ounces of marijuana.
Those caught will instead be issued a citation. to show up to court at a later date.
City officials say arrests for small possession of marijuana is a significant drain on police department resources.
The Cite and Release program passed with seven “Yes” votes, Representative Claudia Rodriguez abstained.