Austin voters should ban no-knock warrants, end punitive cannabis laws

Austin residents will be able to cast one vote May 7 to make two decisive changes to the law regarding police policy: A ban on so-called “no-knock” raids in criminal investigations and the elimination of most low-level marijuana arrests and citations.   

We recommend a vote for Proposition A, which would codify into law policies the Austin city council adopted in 2020. Both police reforms reached the ballot through a petition by Ground Game Texas, a social justice advocacy group. Early voting begins tomorrow, April 25, and ends on May 3.

Proposition A would forbid Austin police officers in most cases from ticketing or arresting people for possessing small amounts of pot (less than four ounces) or related paraphernalia, unless the offenses are tied to more serious crimes. 

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