HOUSTON, Texas -- District attorney candidate Kim Ogg promises to change the way marijuana offenders are prosecuted in Harris County.
If she is elected, Ogg says people caught with under four ounces of pot will do community service rather than serve jail time and be able to get the charge erased from their record.
This gives people an opportunity to repay their community for what is a small amount of drugs and then clean-up their record, said Ogg.
The Democratic candidate says the move will save the county millions of dollars and free up prosecutors to go after dangerous criminals.
Our taxpayers want their money spent smart, said Ogg.
Her Republican opponent, current Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, released a statement saying she believs that low risk offenders are a strain on the community, and she is working on her own program
We have been working with the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the Houston Police Department on a pilot marijuana intervention program that will be implemented this fall, said Anderson. The details of the pilot program will be released jointly will all agencies involved.