New Marijuana Bill takes effect on Saturday, Sept. 1st

by Michael Stafford
NewsWest 9

What this all boils down to is law enforcement agencies will be able to issue a lot more citiations than arresting and booking people for minor offenses.

This is all about House Bill 2391 approved by the State Legislature.

It deals with Class B Misdemeanors, and a lot of those arrests are for people caught with four ounces or less of Marijuana.

It also includes cases of graffiti, and driving with an invalid license.

Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson says it would free up deputies and not crowd his jail.

"Instead of coming to jail, and having an officer taken off the street and spending time in the jail booking this person in, and then the jail situation, they're going to wait until the next morning, the judge is going to see them and do all that, this basically alleviates that like a traffic ticket," Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson said.

Sheriff Donaldon says he'll leave it up to his deputies to decide if the person should be arrested, or just cited with a ticket.

Also, this new law does not change the penalty for those law breakers.

They'll still have to appear before a judge for possibly breaking the law.