For those of you not in the know, Houston District Attorney Kim Ogg announced a new policy with Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez today that will allow misdemeanor offenders with less than four ounces of marijuana to not be arrested, ticketed or required to appear in court if they agree to take a four-hour drug education class beginning May 1.
Now, according to Houston Chronicle reporter Craig Hlavaty, although some Houston city officials have expressed agreement with Ogg's new policy, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blasted Ogg's proposal as being similar to Houston becoming a sanctuary city on low-level drug crimes.
"The lieutenant governor has said repeatedly regarding sanctuary cities that he does not believe that law enforcement has the discretion to choose what laws to enforce and what laws to ignore," said Patrick press secretary Alejandro Garcia. "That is his position regarding DA Ogg's proposal."
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