City Rep opposes city's participation in marijuana program

The forum to be held Sunday, December 3  at the downtown public library will discuss issues such as a First Chance program.  Scroll down to find all information related to forum.

Weeks after the El Paso city manager signed an agreement with the county to implement a program that waives criminal charges against some first-time offenders caught with small amounts of marijuana, a city representative is questioning whether it's prudent.
City Rep. Henry Rivera, a former El Paso police officer, is asking for a presentation on the First Chance Program during Tuesday's City Council meeting, and said he wants to publicly oppose it.
Rivera said the council and the public deserve to have the agreement explained to them even though the City Charter gives City Manager Tommy Gonzalez the power to enter into agreements with other organizations without council's approval.
“I just want an open presentation,” Rivera said, adding that he only learned about the agreement through an article on El Paso Times.  Continue reading
 District Attorney Jaime Esparza presents the First Chance program to County Commissioners in October. The program was approved. (Photo: PHOTO BY MARIA CORTES GONZALEZ/EL PASO TIMES)

District Attorney Jaime Esparza presents the First Chance program to County Commissioners in October. The program was approved. (Photo: PHOTO BY MARIA CORTES GONZALEZ/EL PASO TIMES)