Nationwide, attitudes and laws regarding marijuana are changing. For the first time ever, surveys reveal that the majority of Americans don’t only approve of medical marijuana programs, but support legalization of pot as well. In Ohio, there are several possible changes on tap, with lawmakers and citizens alike leading the way.
A medical marijuana bill has been filed under HB 153, that would allow patients with certain conditions to lawfully treat with marijuana. It was introduced by state Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown). The bill would allow for patients to possess up to 200 grams of usable marijuana and to grow up to 12 plants. Nearly 20 states have medical marijuana laws on the books.
“In addition to the studies that show marijuana to be a valuable treatment option for chronic pain, nausea and seizure disorders, I have heard countless stories of how cannabis has made a difference in the lives of people who are sick or dying,” said Hagan according to the Columbus Dispatch.
This isn’t the first time lawmaker Hagan attempted to get his fellow elected officials talking about marijuana reform. And this isn’t the only one he’s introduced this year.
The other bill would essentially legalize recreational marijuana for adults age 21 and older. The state would license marijuana dispensaries, regulating the trade, and taxing sales and production.
And to prove Hagan isn’t going it alone, members of the Ohio Rights Group delivered a petition to the state Attorney General this week, a petition asking to put legalization on the ballot later this year. 1,000 signatures are required to put forth a ballot initiative and the Ohio Rights Group managed to get more than 2,000.
The Attorney General’s office said it will review the petition to ensure it satisfies the legal criteria for a ballot initiative and will hopefully have a decision in coming weeks.
As Ohio marijuana laws currently stand, possession of weed is considered a “minor misdemeanor” when it is less than 100 grams. If caught, you will face a fine. However, any more than that 100 gram limit carries with it a potential for jail time.
When compared with other states (not including those who have legalized marijuana), Ohio’s marijuana laws are relatively forgiving. But, they can still have lasting consequences. If you are accused of a marijuana offense, call for a legal defense consultation with a local attorney.