What Everyone Needs to Know about Ohio Marijuana Laws

At the current time marijuana, including medical marijuana, continues to be illegal in Ohio, although it appears that public sentiment supports medical marijuana. A 2014 Quinnipiac University poll showed 8 to 1 support for medical marijuana in Ohio, but polls don’t make law.  That being said, the penalties for small amounts of marijuana, also known as cannabis, are relatively small in Ohio.

Here is a quick summary of the penalties for various marijuana offenses:

POSSESSION

Offense Penalty MaximumFine MaximumJail Time
Less than 100 grams Misdemeanor $150 0
Between 100 and 200 grams Misdemeanor $250 30 days
Between 200 and 1,000 grams Felony $2,500 1 year
Between 1,000 and 5,000 grams Felony $10,000 5 years
Between 5,000 and 20,000 grams Felony $10,000 5 years
Between 20,000 and 40,000 grams Felony $15,000 8 years
More than 40,000 grams Felony $15,000 8 years

 

TRAFFICKING & DISTRIBUTION

Gift of less than 20 grams – 1st offense Misdemeanor $150 0
Gift of less than 20 grams – 2nd offense Misdemeanor $500 60 days
Less than 200 grams Felony $2,500 1 year
Between 200-1000 grams Felony $2,500 1.5 years
Between 1,000 and 5,000 grams Felony $2,500 5 years
Between 5,000 and 20,000 grams Felony $2,500 5 years
Between 20,000 and 40,000 grams Felony $2,500 8 years
More than 40,000 grams Felony $2,500 8 years

Source: Ohio Revised Code

In addition, a drug conviction on any count may earn a driver’s license suspension for anywhere between 6 months and 5 years.  Anytime drug crimes are committed within 1000 feet of a school, or by repeat offenders, penalties increase.

Forcing someone to ingest drugs, furnishing drugs to a minor, or causing a minor to commit a felony drug offense are all illegal in Ohio and called “corrupting another with drugs.” These crimes are punishable with a fine of $2,500 or more, and between six and 18 months in jail. (Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2925.02.)

First time offenders will find some leniency in Ohio’s penalties and sentencing.  Because the state has decriminalized possession of small amounts for personal use, the penalty amounts to a minor traffic violation. However, if the charge is in connection with a moving violation (operating a vehicle impaired or OVI) penalties can become quite serious and potentially life-changing.

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