Texas Drug Free Zone 101
What is a Drug Free Zone?Texas' Drug Free Zone (DFZ) law is a testament to the failure of Prohibition. If our drug war worked special laws to keep drugs out of certain areas wouldn't be necessary. But I digress.
So what is a Drug Free Zone?
Basically in, on, or within 1,000 feet of premises owned, rented, or leased by an institution of higher learning, the premises of a public or private youth center, or a playground; or in, on, or within 300 feet of the premises of a public swimming pool or video arcade facility or on a school bus.
The DFZ fantasy is that cops are busting drug dealers who prey on innocent school children. In my experience most DFZ charges are brought against adults with a joint in their car 900 feet away from a prohibited area. Local cops quickly learn which roads are in a DFZ, and adjust their traffic stop/fishing for drugs activity accordingly.
What happens to a DFZ case?This is fairly complicated. Basically, the punishments are increased. More jail time, probation can be denied, sentences can be stacked. Read this great article from TDCAA for more info- http://www.tdcaa.com/node/2494
Wait a minute, this law would make every college a drug free zone. I've been to college and it's no drug free zone.Good observation. Since most legislators went to college, and/or have kids in college, some DFZ provisions don't apply to college campuses. For example, simple marijuana possession on a college campus doesn't fall under the DFZ law.