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Ohio Marijuana Laws

Ohio Marijuana Laws

Marijuana is legal in Ohio for medical use only.

Possession of up to 100 grams of non-medical marijuana is punishable by a $150 fine and does not entail a criminal record. If the amount of the substance possessed is 100-200 grams, the offender may be imprisoned for 30 days and face a $250 fine. Carrying between 200 grams and 1 kilogram of marijuana is punishable by a 1-year imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500. Possession of a larger amount entails harsher penalties.

Cultivation of marijuana plants is illegal in Ohio and entails identical penalties as for possessing.

A person delivering up to 20 grams of marijuana for free may be charged with a $150 fine. The sale of no more than 200 grams is punishable by a 1-year imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500.

Consuming the substance in public view is prohibited.

Furthermore, any conviction of possession is subject to driver’s license revocation for a period of time from 6 months to 5 years.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Laws

Starting from September 2016, patients in Ohio will be allowed to legally purchase oils, tincture, edibles, and patches. However, patient possession limits are still unspecified. Smoking marijuana remains illegal.

Home cultivation is illegal, but provisions in the law provide limited protection for patients acquiring the drug from out-of-state sources prior to the operation of state-licensed dispensaries.

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