Marijuana laws are changing across the country and although there is medical marijuana legislation pending in Ohio, many are saying the legislation will never pass. Caught up in politics and the fear that a “yes” vote on this law could cost them some election votes, some politicians are said to be playing it safe.
According to several media sources, some lawmakers have admitted to supporting medical marijuana while simultaneously saying they will not vote to pass such legislation. They are afraid, it seems, that it could cost them their seat in the legislature. This despite numbers from in Ohio and other states that say the majority of Americans support medical marijuana.
Ohio is one of many states considering medical marijuana legislation this year while some states are considering the legalization of marijuana altogether. The prevalence of such reform doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon due to the public’s support of change in the way marijuana is viewed within the legal system.
Currently, however, and until any such laws are passed in Ohio, we continue to penalize marijuana as we always have—as a controlled substance. If you are caught in possession of less than 100 grams, you can consider yourself lucky as you will only face a fine.
If, however, you are found in possession of more than 100 grams (just over 3.5 ounces) of marijuana, the penalties quickly climb. Anywhere from 100 to 200 grams and you will face misdemeanor charges. If you are found with more than 200 grams, however, you will face felony charges.
There are many legal defense options available to people charged with possession of marijuana and even possession with intent to sell the substance. If this is your first run-in with the law, I’m sure you don’t know what you should do. Speaking to an attorney can help you sort through the legal options before you.
If you are facing charges like this in Ohio, contact us today. You need an advocate on your side in court, fighting for your case.