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Cincinnati City Council Votes to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

July 19, 2019

Cincinnati City Council Votes to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

As per the new municipal measure which was signed into law by the members of the Cincinnati City Council, possession of marijuana will no longer be subject to local civil and criminal penalties. The new local law which was passed by the members of the Cincinnati City Council by a vote of 5 to 3 in favor of the move is aimed at decriminalizing low-level marijuana-possessions in Cincinnati. As per the new measure, individuals will be able to possess up to 100g of marijuana without the fear of local fines and prosecutions. In the past, other municipalities in Ohio such as Toledo and Athens have passed such legislations eliminating marijuana possession penalties. However, this decision by the Cincinnati City Council is not well received by the State Attorney General Dave Yost who has criticized this move.

In addition to this, the members of the Cincinnati City Council may also soon vote on a separate ordinance aimed at facilitating the expungement of past marijuana-possession related convictions.

It should, however, be noted that under the existing state law, possession of up to 100g of cannabis is treated as a minor misdemeanor and subject to a fine of $150.

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