As the new year has started, many changes are already happening in the cannabis sector. In Austin, Texas, residents are preparing to vote in May on ending low-level marijuana offenses. The changes will also include no-knock raids usually carried out by police.
A no-knock warrant is a legal document or order issued by the judge permitting law enforcement to enter a property without the owner’s consent. Austin has made significant strides in pushing numerous marijuana reforms. Last year, the police were prohibited from spending city funds to test and distinguish cannabis rich in THC from hemp on possession cases.
This came after the City Council approved the resolution. The changes were put in place to end arrests and fines involving low-level cannabis possession. Similarly, various states are also in the process of reforming their cannabis laws. In Alabama, a gubernatorial candidate named Chad “Chig” Martin has marijuana legalization as one of the main agendas in his campaign strategy.
Advocates presented the signatures of the marijuana decriminalization petition to officials late last year. The president of the Austin Police Association, Ken Casaday, weighed in on the issue. He said there was no need for the initiative because the proposition had already changed how the police enforce cannabis laws. According to the police data, misdemeanor cases relating to possession of marijuana and smoking accessories in Texas fell by nearly half last year.
Nevertheless, the political director of Ground Game Texas, Mike Siegel, who supports the campaign, said the initiative would systematize the policy that is still informal. The certificate of sufficiency revealed that the petition contained over 5,000 pages with well over 33,000 signatures. Ground Games Texas required 20,000 qualified signatures to get the matter on the ballot.
Ground Game Texas was established to organize and mobilize various communities in Texas. It achieves this by collaborating with multiple partners to meet voters, hear their views, and discuss weighty matters on the ballot. Ground Game Texas now plans to petition in various cities across Texas to pass the reforms.
There have been drastic changes in the cannabis industry over the past few years. Although cannabis law enforcement was a somewhat neglected issue, things seem to be changing. The sector has recognized the need to reform the enforcement of marijuana laws across the United States.