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Efforts to decriminalize marijuana in San Marcos underway – Medical Marijuana Program Connection


San Marcans could see a move on the November ballot to change the city’s marijuana enforcement.

Mano Amiga, a local immigration and legal reform organization, began collecting signatures to place an initiative on the ballot that would establish an ordinance eliminating low-level marijuana enforcement in San Marcos.

“Having a marijuana possession charge on your record can negatively impact a person’s life in many ways,” said Mano Amiga communications director Sam Benavides. “It can be found by employers, landlords, social services, and for students, it can even impact your financial aid. Our neighbors and our peers should not have their lives so unnecessarily disrupted by something that more than half of the states in our country have already decriminalized. »

According to the wording of the ordinance, citations and arrests for misdemeanor marijuana possession would end if voters approved the proposal. San Marcos police, however, could cite an individual or make an arrest for Misdemeanor Class A or Class B marijuana possession if it is part of an investigation involving a felony-level narcotics case or the investigation of a violent crime.

Additionally, if the ordinance is passed, citations for possession of drug residue or drug paraphernalia should not be issued, a ban on city funds or staff from performing concentration tests of THC would be established, and there would also be a ban against…

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San Marcans could see a move on the November ballot to change the city’s marijuana enforcement.

Mano Amiga, a local immigration and legal reform organization, began collecting signatures to place an initiative on the ballot that would establish an ordinance eliminating low-level marijuana enforcement in San Marcos.

“Having a marijuana possession charge on your record can negatively impact a person’s life in many ways,” said Mano Amiga communications director Sam Benavides. “It can be found by employers, landlords, social services, and for students, it can even impact your financial aid. Our neighbors and our peers should not have their lives so unnecessarily disrupted by something that more than half of the states in our country have already decriminalized. »

According to the wording of the ordinance, citations and arrests for misdemeanor marijuana possession would end if voters approved the proposal. San Marcos police, however, could cite an individual or make an arrest for Misdemeanor Class A or Class B marijuana possession if it is part of an investigation involving a felony-level narcotics case or the investigation of a violent crime.

Additionally, if the ordinance is passed, citations for possession of drug residue or drug paraphernalia should not be issued, a ban on city funds or staff from performing concentration tests of THC would be established, and there would also be a ban against…

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