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
Sensible Movement Coailition

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Thirty cities reduced penalties for cannabis in Ohio

The Sensible Movement Coalition is a non-profit working throughout the entire country empowering, educating and aiding local citizens in pursuing their constitutional rights of home rule.

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.

The Sensible Movement Coalition’s original motivation is really just the tip of what is possible with home rule. The smaller scale of local politics allows for greater accessibility by everyday citizens for more self control of local government. Working on the local level allows regular citizens access to changing laws, whereas on the state level it requires a tremendous amount of money and influence. Regardless of whether the subject is cannabis decriminalization or any other law, where home rule is applicable, it can be a useful tool for a small group of dedicated citizens to change all local misdemeanor laws.

The SMC has been successful at every level from enacting local ordinances on the cutting edge of public policy to the successful legal defense of our actions in a Federal Court. The success rate of our campaigns is over 85% and has resulted in the protection of over 562,000 citizens. The Sensible Movement Coalition is one of only a handful of organizations in the country to have any success fighting the drug war and affecting local policy. Sensible Decrim has been successful at removing harm and directing the use of local resources more efficiently.

We will work with anybody who has interest in changing local laws. We offer our services free of charge and operate exclusively on donations. We are motivated to educate local citizens in pursuing their constitutional rights. Please get involved today. We need help on the ground and donations if you are looking to make a real difference. Please help us help you!

Petition Drive

May 21, A local women in New Boston, Ohio is collecting signatures to reduce the penalties for cannabis possession to the lowest level allowed by state law. No Fine No Time. In 2015, local citizens in Ohio used their right to self-rule by gathering signatures to reduce penalties for cannabis. Since then, thirty cities in Ohio have enacted the Sensible Marijuana Ordnance.

We invite everyone to join us to help gather signatures.

If you are interested in learning how to change your cities laws please contact us today at (567) 318-2420
sensiblemovementcoalition@gmail.com

Petition Drive

These Cities in Ohio need your help to lower penalties for marijuana!

These Sensible cities are ready to be turned into the city to collect signature’s, Become a activist today and learn how to use self rule! The success rate of our campaigns is over 85% and has resulted in the protection of over 562,000 citizens.

Akron
Alliance
Amherst
Antwerp
Ashville
Barberton
Bellefontaine
Belle Center
Bellevue
Belmont
Bethesda
Bloomingdale
Bridgeport
Brilliant
Brookside
Brunswick
Byesville
Cadiz
Cambridge
Campbell
Canton
Carroll
Chippewa Lake
Cuyahoga County
College Corner
Columbus
Conneaut
De Graff
Defiance
Dillonvale
Dover
Fairfield
Flushing
Garrettsville
Gloria Glens Park
Greenwich
Hamilton
Harborview
Hicksville
Holloway
Huntsville
Huron
Jefferson Township
Lakeview
Lakewood
Lancaster
Laurelville
Lima
Lithopolis
Lodi
Lowellville
Lucasville
Madison Twp.
Mansfield
Marietta
Marion
Marysville
Maumee
McArthur
Middletown
Mineral Ridge
Morristown
Mount Pleasant
Mount Vernon
Nelson Twp
Newark
New Boston
New London
Newburgh Heights
Oak Harbor
Parma
Pleasantville
Portsmouth
Powhatan Point
Put-in-Bay
Quincy
Ravenna
Reminderville
Rossford
Rushville
Russells Point
Rutland
Sandusky
Shadyside
Sharonville
Somerset
Springdale
Springfield Twp.
St. Clairsville
Sugar Grove
Tarlton
Trotwood
Troy
Twinsburg Twp.
Upper Sandusky
Van Wert
Vermilion
Walbridge
Wapakoneta
Weathersfield Twp
West Mansfield
Whitehouse
Wickliffe
Wintersville
Woodlawn
Woodsfield
Wooster
Wren
Youngstown
Zanesville

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Activists gearing up to change the laws in their community.

In 2015, the citizens of Toledo Ohio voted to decriminalize cannabis for adult use. Since then, 29 cities have voted to reduce the penalties for cannabis as well. In five of those cities the City council members enacted the Sensible Marijuana Ordinance with the help from Sensible Movement Coalition. As the days get warmer activists are gearing up to put more cities on the ballot to lower penalties for cannabis. So far, the following list of cities will have a chance to vote in November to lower the penalties for marijuana. We are always wanting to add to this list!

Harbor View Ohio

Helena Ohio

Kent Ohio

Laurelville Ohio

McArthur Ohio

Shawnee Ohio

So many cities still to join! If your interested in changing the laws in your community contact us today!