Danny Danko, Senior Cultivation Editor at High Times, discusses changes in conversation and policy around marijuana reform in Texas. And he discusses the resulting and inevitable change in culture around cannabis in America.
Danko first discusses Dallas's "Cite and Release" policy that will eliminate the immediate consequences of misdemeanor cannabis possession. He also talks about the conversation happening in El Paso, Texas over the "First Chance Program" that reduces penalties for first-time misdemeanor offenders. El Paso residents argue that the program would free up police officers for more pressing, higher-priority matters.
Danko says "the toothpaste is out of the tube" when it comes to how states have benefited from the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. He notes that states have seen reductions in crime, a decrease in opiate overdoses, and cases of drunk driving.