San Antonio, Texas officials have officially certified a local initiative for the May ballot that would decriminalize marijuana, prevent the enforcement of abortion restriction laws and ban no-knock warrants.
But already, the city attorney is indicating that the local reforms would not be enforcable under state statute, even if voters ultimately approve the measure on May 6.
Advocates with Ground Game Texas, the organization that spearheaded the ballot initiative and turned in more than 37,000 signatures to qualify it last month, have grown used to the bureaucratic pushback after several cities fought against successful decriminalization measures that passed last year.
For the time being, the focus will be on ensuring that voters are aware that the criminal justice reform package will be on the ballot this spring.
“The simple truth is that these policies will SAVE lives by limiting unnecessary interactions with police that can lead to serious injury or even death—as we have seen recently with the shooting of Erik Cantu and death of Tyre Nichols,” Ananda Tomas, executive director of ACT 4 SA, which supported the initiative alongside Ground Game, said in a press release.
“By passing this we will create a safer, more just San Antonio for
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