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A Closer Look at Decriminalizing Low-Level Marijuana Possession in Houston

Posted on · (Above: District Attorney Kim Ogg (center) announced the marijuana diversion program during a press conference held at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2017, where she was accompanied by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, among others Photo: Al Ortiz, Houston Public Media) Feb. 17, the city of Houston […]

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Forum Examines Affects of Drug Enforcement Policies

Posted on · Rice University’s Baker Institute recently hosted a conversation examining the affects of drug enforcement policies on society and looking at drug policies in Harris County. Elected officials and drug policy specialists with a background in law enforcement participated in the discussion, moderated by Katharine Neill, a postdoctoral fellow in drug policy at the Baker Institute. She […]

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Should Texas Initiate a Needle Exchange Program?

Posted on · During the legislative session, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill allowing for the creation of needle exchange pilot programs in the state’s urban areas, including Harris County. However, the bill ultimately died in the Senate. It’s the fourth time in six years backers of the initiative hoped it would pass both houses. One […]