On Thursday, January 23rd, the Austin City Council will consider Item 59, a resolution that would limit enforcement of low-level possession of marijuana (PoM). This will help countless Austin residents avoid the devastating consequences of criminal marijuana enforcement, which disproportionately impact people of color and already-struggling communities. Four members of the City Council are sponsoring the proposal, which needs two more votes to pass.
This resolution would do the following:
- Commit to not wasting city resources on testing THC levels for low-level marijuana offenses
- To the extent allowable under state law, stop the APD from citing and arresting people for PoM cases they know will be rejected by the prosecutors
Special THANKS to the resolution sponsors: Council Member Gregorio Casar, Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza, and Council Member Jimmy Flannigan!