Many alleged marijuana possession crimes involve smaller amounts of cannabis. Possession of any amount of marijuana is illegal in Ohio, and offenses involving less than 200 grams (slightly more than 7 ounces) of cannabis are misdemeanor offenses. Cases involving larger amounts can often be felony possession of marijuana offenses.
Even misdemeanor charges can carry significant consequences for alleged offenders. In addition to possible incarceration and finds, convictions can also lead to substantial hardships concerning employment, housing, or financial aid.
Lawyer for Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession Arrests in Cincinnati, OH
If you were recently arrested for an alleged misdemeanor possession of marijuana offense anywhere in Hamilton County, it will be in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Joslyn Law Firm aggressively defends clients accused of marijuana crimes in Green, Harrison, Miamitown, Norwood, Springdale, Sycamore, Anderson, Bridgetown, Delhi, and many surrounding areas of southwest Ohio.
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Ohio Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana Information Center
- What amounts constitute misdemeanor marijuana possession offenses?
- What are the consequences if a person is convicted of this crime?
- Where can I find more information about misdemeanor possession in Cincinnati?
Under Ohio Revised Code § 2925.11(C)(3), alleged possession of controlled substance offenses involving marijuana (referred to in state law as “marihuana”) or a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance containing marijuana other than hashish are classified as follows:
- Less than 100 grams — Minor misdemeanor; or
- 100 grams or more, but less than 200 grams — Fourth-degree misdemeanor.
In certain cases when police officers seize certain types of evidence such as large amounts of cash or marijuana is sorted into separate but equal amounts, alleged offenders may be accused of possession with intent to sell or distribute.
Possible punishments for misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions depend on the classification of the alleged crime. Alleged offenders could receive either of the following sentences:
- Minor Misdemeanor — Fine of up to $100;
- Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 30 days in jail and/or fine of up to $250;
Ohio Revised Code § 2925.38 also establishes that is an alleged offender convicted of a possession of controlled substances offense is a professionally licensed person, the court “immediately shall transmit a certified copy of the judgment entry of conviction to the regulatory or licensing board or agency that has the administrative authority to suspend or revoke the offender’s professional license.” Convictions can make people ineligible for, or result in the suspension or revocation of professional licenses.
Drug Crimes Reported to Ohio Incident-Based Reporting System (OIBRS) 2016 — View this report that is a statistical summary of drug crimes reported to the OIBRS between 2004 and 2014. According to the report, marijuana was involved in more incidents than all other drugs combined and the rate of marijuana-related incidents increased by 72.5 percent from 2004 to 2014. The rate of marijuana-related incidents is forecasted in this report to increase by 26.7 percent by 2017.
Marijuana Arrests by the Numbers | American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — The ACLU is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is responsible for public education programs and litigation in defense of civil liberties. According to the ACLU’s original analysis, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States and 88 percent of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010 were for simply having marijuana. The ACLU notes that blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana offenses despite the two groups having roughly equal usage rates.
Joslyn Law Firm | Cincinnati Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney
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