Thousands of casual pot smokers will keep clean records and Harris
County will save more than $25 million a year under the district
attorney's new "pre-charge diversion" program for those caught with
small amounts of marijuana.
The program announced Thursday by District Attorney Kim Ogg - which
allows most offenders with less than four ounces of marijuana to avoid a
criminal charge by taking a drug education class – brought sharp
criticism from some state leaders but strong support from top law
enforcement officers in Houston.
Ogg said the county's resources would be better spent arresting serious criminals such as burglars, robbers and rapists.