They go on to report further…Those offenders who elect to participate in the program, which consists of class work and community service, will not have criminal charges formally filed against them. Those who complete the program will not be charged with a crime, and they will not possess a criminal record.

Only first-time offenders will be eligible for the program, known as the First Chance Intervention Program.

The change is a welcome one for residents of the Lone Star State. Texas police arrest an estimated 75,000 offenders for violating the state’s pot possession laws annually—the second highest total in the nation.

Under state law, the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana is classified as a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a $2,000 fine and a criminal record.

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