Marijuana laws have made the news in recent months with Ohio’s laws bringing some confusion. Ohio made medical marijuana legal in 2016, but the state has yet to legalize recreational usage. Until legalization fully happens, the nonviolent drug crime still comes with some stiff penalties.
The WKSU ran an article in early September detailing the current laws. Smoking marijuana remains illegal, but the dry marijuana buds are available in a variety of approved dispensaries for medical marijuana cardholders for use in edibles and vaporizers. The state continues to approve new locations for dispensaries along with places to process and grow the plant.
In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card, patients with any of the 21 approve ailments can apply online for a medical card. Patients can expect access to tinctures and oils soon. On the federal level, marijuana remains illegal and those who work under federal guidelines may not want to use it for medicinal purposes.
The Marijuana Policy Project recognizes that the laws have been slow to implement with medical professionals still discussing what ailments qualify a person for a medical marijuana card. Non-registered users of marijuana can be charged with a misdemeanor for growing or possessing less than 100 grams or giving someone else 20 grams or less. While a person will not spend time in jail, they can lose their driver’s license.
Some cities such as Cincinnati have decriminalized the usage and possession of small amounts of marijuana. The tide of public sentiment seems to be moving toward legalization, but there is no way to know when the state may fully decriminalize and legalize marijuana.