Ohio Marijuana Laws
The possession, sale, trafficking, and cultivation of marijuana is illegal in all states except Colorado and Washington (where it is tightly regulated). In addition, a growing number of states is allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana by those who have obtained a physician's recommendation.
Marijuana remains illegal in Ohio, including medical uses. Polls show a wave of support for medicinal marijuana in Ohio (where legislative efforts are underway) and other states, but Ohio law still makes it a crime.
However, Ohio has substantially loosened its marijuana laws. The possession of less than 100 grams (roughly 3.5 ounces) of cannabis, or the transfer of less than 20 grams (i.e. giving it so someone else), are considered "minor misdemeanors." This means these are not jailable offenses, but are punishable by up to $150 in fines and a possible driver's license suspension for a period of six months to five years.
Felony charges are reserved for the possession of more than 200 grams; the sale or transfer of more than 20 grams; or the possession of more than 10 grams of hashish (or more than 2 grams of liquid concentrates). A conviction on charges of drugged driving carries a penalty of between three days and six months in prison, plus a six-month to three-year driver's license suspension.
The following charts highlights the main provisions of Ohio marijuana laws. See FindLaw's Drug Charges section for more articles and resources.
|Code Section||2925.01, et seq.; 3719.01, et seq.|
|Possession||Under 20 g. and gift: minor misdemeanor; Subsequent offense: misdemeanor of 3rd degree; Under 100 g.: minor misdemeanor; 100-200 g.: 4th degree misdemeanor; 200-1000 g.: 5th degree felony; 1000-5000 g.: 3rd degree felony; 5000-20,000 g.: 3rd degree felony with presumption of prison term; over 20,000 g.: 2nd degree felony|
|Sale||5th degree felony; 200-1000 g.: 4th degree felony; 1000-5000 g.: 3rd degree felony; 5000-20,000 g.: 3rd degree felony with presumption of prison term; Over 20,000 g.: 2nd degree felony; Stricter penalties if sale within 1000 ft. of school or 100 ft. of juvenile|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Ohio drug crime attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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