Petition drive in Port Clinton Ohio.

A local citizen to thePort Clinton area is collecting signatures to remove the fines for misdemeanor marijuana amounts in city limits September 11 at 1 o’clock, We’re looking for motivated citizens to get involved.

https://facebook.com/events/s/petition-drive/595836375422570/

Get involved in Ohio’s cannabis movement Today

Sensible Decriminalization is distinguished from regular decriminalization by the very key difference of not just lowering the fines and consequences, but rather removing them completely. Sensible Decriminalization is No Fines, No Jail Time, No Court Costs. This is a very big difference even over a small fine of $10-$25. We have seen, if there is a fine of any amount, the police will still issue tickets and harm will be caused to citizens. With Sensible Decrim, the idea is that although cannabis is still illegal, the incentive is removed for writing tickets altogether and is considered such a low priority, tickets are rarely issued. Think in terms of jaywalking, which is technically illegal. However it is seen as such a low priority offense that jaywalking tickets are rarely written. That is exactly the result in a local municipality with a Sensible Decrim law. The priority shifts to bigger issues and away from small-time cannabis users effectively ending the drug war against misdemeanor possession. The ordinance also covers other misdemeanor marijuana offenses such as paraphernalia.

7 Ohio cities will vote to decriminalize Cannabis in 2022

EXCITING NEWS! The citizens of Ohio have spoken again this year. In addition to the 29 cities that have already voted to decriminalize cannabis in Ohio, the citizens now have 7 more cities that will be voting in November 2022 election.

Starting in the summer of 2013, motivated by a desire to have more control of the laws written, a small group of regular citizens researched and discovered the concept of home rule.  Allowed in over 40 states, home rule gives certain rights of “self rule” to the population of cities and villages, allowing more control of public policy to citizens through local ballot initiative and legislative influence. That year, Toledo residents turned in a petition to city council to remove the penalties for misdemeanor amounts. Residents of 29 cities, with the assistance of Sensible Movement Coalition and NORML Appalachia Ohio, have chosen to take action and change their local laws. The cities of Kent, Helena, Laurelville, Rushville, Shawnee, Corning, and Hemlock will be voting on this issue in November. If you want more information on how to decriminalize your city contact representative of Sensible Movement Coalition. https://sensiblemovement.home.blog/take-action-get-involved-2/

7 Ohio cities will vote to decriminalize Cannabis in 2022

EXCITING NEWS! The citizens of Ohio have spoken again this year. In addition to the 29 cities that have already voted to decriminalize cannabis in Ohio, the citizens now have seven more cities that will be voting in the November 2022 election.

Starting in the summer of 2013, motivated by a desire to have more control of the laws written, a small group of regular citizens researched and discovered the concept of home rule.  Allowed in over 40 states, home rule gives certain rights of “self rule” to the population of cities and villages, allowing more control of public policy to citizens through local ballot initiative and legislative influence. That year, Toledo residents turned in a petition to city council to remove the penalties for misdemeanor amounts. Residents of 29 cities, with the assistance of Sensible Movement Coalition and NORML Appalachia Ohio, have chosen to take action and change their local laws. The cities of Kent, Helena, Laurelville, Rushville, Shawnee, Corning, and Hemlock will be voting on this issue in November. If you want more information on how to decriminalize your city contact representative of Sensible Movement Coalition. https://sensiblemovement.home.blog/take-action-get-involved-2/

On average, more than 20,000 Ohioans a year are arrested for possession of marijuana

In Ohio, it is a crime to intentionally or knowingly possess marijuana (except for persons authorized to possess medical marijuana). Like many other states, the penalties for possessing marijuana (sale, cultivation or possession of paraphernalia are not discussed in this article) depend on the amount of the drug possessed. Generally, possession penalties are as follows: 

Up to 100 grams: The Ohio legislature has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Violations in this range are minor misdemeanors, meaning that there is no jail time involved and convictions are not included on a person’s a criminal record. However, violators may be fined up to $150.

100 to 200 grams: Possession of marijuana in this weight range carries a misdemeanor charge with fines up to $250 and up to 30 days of incarceration.

In Cities have enacted Sensible Marijuana Ordinance the charge is zero fine zero time.

Sensible marijuana ordinance in Ohio

It is important to know that what you see here is very specific language written for a specific state. (Example Only) New language must be re-written and adapted to each individual state to stay within the allowable guidelines to maintain mandatory enforcement of the ordinance locally.

513.15. MARIHUANA LAWS AND PENALTIES.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (a) No person shall knowingly obtain, possess, or use marihuana or a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance containing marihuana other than hashish, whoever violates this section is guilty of possession of marihuana. The penalty for the offense shall be determined as follows:
(1) If the amount of the drug involved is less than two hundred grams, possession of marihuana is a minor misdemeanor drug abuse offense. Persons convicted of violating this section shall be fined $0.00.
(b) No person shall knowingly obtain, possess, or use hashish or a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance containing hashish, whoever violates this section is guilty of possession of hashish. The penalty for the offense shall be determined as follows:
(1) If the amount of the drug involved is less than ten grams of solid hashish or less than two grams of liquid hashish, possession of hashish is a minor misdemeanor drug abuse offense. Persons convicted of violating this section shall be fined $0.00.
(c) No person shall knowingly cultivate or manufacture marihuana. The penalty for the offense shall be as follows:

(1) If the amount of the drug involved is less than two hundred grams, illegal cultivation of marihuana is a minor misdemeanor drug abuse offense. Persons convicted of violating this section shall be fined $0.00.
(d) No person shall knowingly give or offer to make a gift of twenty grams or less of marihuana. The penalty for the offense shall be determined as follows:
(1) Whoever violates this section, anywhere inside city limits, is guilty of trafficking in marihuana, a minor misdemeanor drug abuse offense. Persons convicted of violating this section shall be fined $0.00.
(e) No person shall possess, sell, manufacture or use marihuana or hashish paraphernalia. The penalty for the offense shall be as follows:
(l) Whoever violates this section shall be guilty of a minor misdemeanor drug abuse offense. Persons convicted of violating this section shall be fined $0.00.
(f) Arrest or conviction for a minor misdemeanor violation of this section does not constitute a criminal record and need not be reported by the person so arrested or convicted in response to any inquiries about the person’s criminal record, including any inquiries contained in any application for employment, license, or other right or privilege, or made in connection with the person’s appearance as a witness.
(ORC 2925.11)
(g) All court costs shall be $0 for violations of these sections herein.
(h) Drug abuse offenses of this section shall not constitute a suspension of driver’s or commercial driver’s license or permit for any length of time and shall not be suspended.
(i) Severability. The sections of this ordinance are severable. The invalidity of a section shall not affect the validity of the remaining sections. Invalid sections shall be revised to the minimum extent necessary to maintain validity and enforceability.

(j) Definitions

(1) “Marihuana” means all parts of a plant of the genus cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds of a plant of that type; the resin extracted from a part of a plant of that type; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of a plant of that type or of its seeds or resin. “Marihuana” does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oils or cake made from the seeds of the plant, or any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks, except the resin extracted from the mature stalks, fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant that is incapable of germination; except that it does not include hashish.
(2) “Hashish” means the resin or a preparation of the resin contained in marihuana, whether in solid form or in a liquid concentrate, liquid extract, or liquid distillate form.

No Fine No time
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