Ohio

Recreational marijuana is not legal in Ohio, but the possession of small amounts has been decriminalized at the state level and within individual jurisdictions. The following municipalities have decriminalized possession of up to 200 g:
•    Athens
•    Bellaire
•    Bremen
•    Columbus
•    Fremont
•    Logan
•    Nelsonville
•    Newark
•    Norwood
•    Oregon
•    Roseville
•    Toledo
•    Windham

•    Yellow Springs (effective October 8, 2020)


Dayton, meanwhile, has decriminalized the possession of 100 g or less, while Northwood has decriminalized the possession of 20 g of less. At the state level, possession of larger amounts of marijuana may result in imprisonment or fines of increasing severity depending on how much one has on their possession and the type of cannabis they possess.


For flower marijuana:
•    Less than 100 g: Misdemeanor offense and a $150 fine.
•    100-200 g: Misdemeanor offense with a maximum punishment of 30 days imprisonment and a fine of $250.
•    200-1000 g: Felony offense with a maximum punishment of 1 year of imprisonment and a fine of $2,500.
•    1-20 kg: Felony offense with a maximum punishment of 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.
•    20-40 kg: Felony offense with a minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years and a maximum term of 8 years, as well as a fine of $15,000.
•    Over 40 kg: Felony offense with a minimum term of imprisonment of 8 years and a maximum fine of $20,000.


For solid concentrate:
•    Less than 5 g: Misdemeanor offense and a $150 fine.
•    5-10 g: Misdemeanor offense with a maximum punishment of 30 days imprisonment and a fine of $250.
•    10-50 g: Felony offense with a maximum punishment of 1 year of imprisonment and a fine of $2,500.
•    50-1000 g: Felony offense with a maximum punishment of 3 years of imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.
•    Over 1 kg: Felony offense with a maximum punishment of 8 years and a fine of $15,000.
For liquid concentrate:
•    Less than 1 g: Misdemeanor offense and a $150 fine
•    1-2 g: Misdemeanor offense with a maximum punishment of 30 days imprisonment and a fine of $250.
•    2-10 g: Felony offense with a maximum punishment of 1 year of imprisonment and a fine of $2,500.
•    10-200 g: Felony offense with a maximum punishment of 3 years of imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.
•    Over 200 g: Felony offense with a maximum punishment of 8 years and a fine of $15,000.
The penalties for cultivation are the same as possession of flower marijuana, though the state does allow an affirmative defense should the amount grown be less than 1 kg. In this case, an individual may be able to plead guilty to a misdemeanor rather than a felony.


Ohio does have a medical marijuana program and MDs and DOs with a license to practice medicine in Ohio who have a bona-fide physician-patient relationship with a patient may recommend marijuana for the following conditions:
•    ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
•    Alzheimer’s disease

•    Cachexia (added July 2020)
•    Cancer
•    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
•    Crohn’s disease
•    Fibromyalgia
•    Glaucoma
•    Hepatitis C
•    HIV/AIDS
•    IBD (inflammatory bowel disorder)
•    Multiple sclerosis
•    Chronic or intractable pain
•    Parkinson’s disease
•    PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
•    Sickle cell anemia 
•    Spinal cord injury or disease
•    Tourette disease
•    Traumatic brain injury
•    Ulcerative colitis


Ohio does not have a reciprocity program to accommodate medical marijuana patients from out of state. 


For more information, please see the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program website: https://www.medicalmarijuana.ohio.gov/.

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