Some caught with pot in Travis County could be 4 hours away from zero charges

12:56 p.m Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 Austin360 Home

What if you could avoid a drug charge by taking a class, much like defensive driving? 

According to KUT, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a proposition for a four-hour class that would allow qualifying individuals caught with less than 2 ounces of marijuana to skip charges. The class would cost $45.

Prior the proposal, Travis County offered an eight-hour class that allowed individuals to avoid jail but left them with a class B misdemeanor, KUT reports. The eight-hour class will reportedly remain an option for “high-risk offenders.” 

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The class would cover topics like drug abuse and the effects of marijuana on the brain and body. 

Harris County enacted a similar policy earlier this year for those caught with less than 4 ounces of marijuana, the Houston Chronicle reports

According to data provided by the Austin Police Department and cited in KUT’s report, around 2,000 people, a disproportionate amount of whom are African-Americans and Hispanics, are arrested for marijuana possession in Travis County every year.