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Posted on: February 1, 2024

City of Elgin News Release February 1, 2024

City of Elgin News Release

The State of Texas is suing the City of Elgin for adopting an ordinance related to marijuana possession law enforcement. This is active litigation; the City of Elgin has not been served yet and does not have a comment on this pending litigation.   

May 2023 the citizens of Elgin voted on a proposition that was brought to the ballot through citizen petition. The proposition passed 1,904 in favor and 626 against. The ballot language stated: “Shall an initiative petition be approved to eliminate enforcement of low-level marijuana offenses in the City of Elgin?”  Será aprobada la petición por iniciativa para despenalizar la marijuana en bajo nivel en la Ciudad de Elgin?”
 
City Council has taken no action to support the ordinance. The City of Elgin and the Elgin police department are enforcing state law. Elgin Police Chief presented an update on police enforcement at the January 23, 2024 City Council meeting. From November 8, 2021 to November 8, 2022 out of 943 reports, 1 case was possession of marijuana. Out of 322 arrests zero were solely for possession of marijuana. From November 8, 2022 to November 8, 2023 Out of 1,138 reports, 3 cases were marijuana possession. Out of 477 arrests, 2 were solely for possession of marijuana.   

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