AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Saturday, Austin voters decided to pass Proposition A, stopping arrests for low-level marijuana offenses and banning the use of no-knock warrants by police.
The proposition passed with 85.49% of the vote. Early voting made up for more than half of the ballots on this proposition.
On the marijuana end, Prop A will formalize a city policy put in place in 2020, when then-police chief Brian Manley announced his officers would no longer cite or arrest those accused of misdemeanor pot offenses.
The change came after a 9-0 resolution vote by the Austin City Council.
Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday said his union is “staying out of the marijuana conversation” for this election, though he did have some thoughts on no-knock warrants.
“The Austin community needs to know if they get rid of that, that takes away a tool that we use with very violent felons,” Casaday told KXAN last month.
Prop A was put together by the group Ground Game Texas which gathered more than 34,000 signatures.
“These are clearly two popular reforms that, for whatever reason, haven’t been executed as the state level, so Austin is taking the lead,” said Mike Siegel with Ground Game Texas.