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Sheriff Travis not a fan of marijuana decriminalization

Sheriff Travis not a fan of marijuana decriminalization

Denton County sheriff William Travis answers a question during a debate put on by the Denton Republican Women’s Club on Jan. 12. Kristen Watson | Visuals Editor

Sheriff Travis not a fan of marijuana decriminalization
January 21
03:48 2016

Jynn Schubert | Staff Writer

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Sheriff William Travis condemned the decriminalization of marijuana as part of his campaign for re-election for Denton County Sheriff and rejected the “cite and release” practice underway in Dallas.

“It is reckless and irresponsible for our government here in Texas to be considering this,” Travis said during a speech posted to YouTube. “I am going to fight very hard to keep it illegal in our state.”

His steadfast opposition to marijuana reform has been on full display lately, as Denton rejected the Dallas police’s experiment, cite-and-release, allowing police to write a ticket to anybody caught with less than 4 ounces of marijuana instead of taking the individual to jail.

With 52 percent of all national drug arrests in 2010 being for marijuana, such a policy could drastically reduce the number of Americans in jail, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The experiment is allowed by Texas House Bill 2391, passed back in September 2007, and could save officers three to four hours by issuing citations mandating that the accused appear in court instead of being taken into jail immediately.

“I’ve heard that the police here in Denton don’t even have the forms to do this type of thing, even though legally speaking, any officer in the state of Texas can just give you a cite and summons for [possession of marijuana].” Marshall Williams, Deputy Director of Denton’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said.

Featured Image: Denton County sheriff William Travis answers a question during a debate put on by the Denton Republican Women’s Club on Jan. 12. Kristen Watson | Visuals Editor

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