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Pharr Begins New Cite And Release Policy For Small Amounts Of Marijuana

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The Pharr Police Department will no longer arrest and book people who are caught carrying small amounts of marijuana.

The department has begun what they call a cite and release policy for anyone found to have less than two ounces of marijuana on them when stopped by an officer.

Officials say the policy was implemented to help reduce the number of low-level offenders taken to jail during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officers will still have the authority to make an arrest if they feel it is necessary.

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