Dallas’ Cite and Release policy will take effect this Friday, but before you take your Dallas Cowboys helmet bong out to Klyde Warren Park, know that your lady Mary Jane is far from legal in Big D.
The new policy will keep you from being arrested and detained should you be found with a certain amount of weed, but you will still be ticketed and will have to go to court. But you can at least make it to work, and the police can issue the ticket and go about their patrol duties without you killing their buzz, so to speak.
The new policy will only apply to those who have a state issued I.D. and are caught with less than four ounces of ganja (any more than that is a felony and will get you arrested). It also only applies if you live and are caught in the City of Dallas portion of Dallas County.
So if you are from out of town, or live in parts of Far North Dallas that are in Collin County, you are out of luck. The fact that some Dallas residents live in another county (and thus aren’t part of the Dallas County sheriff’s jurisdiction) was a major hurdle in getting this law passed. Yay for urban sprawl!
You still can’t sell it either, so try and find another way to fund your Hulu subscription.
And should you be caught, the punishments remain the same. If you have under two ounces, it is a Class B misdemeanor and punishable by up to $2000 and/or 180 days in jail. If you have between two and four ounces, it is a Class A misdemeanor, which can run you up to $4000 and/or up to a year in jail. So plan ahead.
To plead your case, you will still head down to the land of bail bonds and liquor stores along the Trinity to the Frank Crowley courts building, so enjoy that one.
Although Dallas is quick to adapt to most advances (just look at Hyperloops and flying cars), it is still crawling behind cities and states that have decriminalized and legalized marijuana. Know before you blow.