Ohio Marijuana Information
Surprisingly, Ohio is one of the few states in the Midwest region that is seeing a strong push towards marijuana legalization. However, on November 3 rd , 2015, voters rejected a proposal to legalize recreational and medical marijuana. The proposal included a stipulation that gave exclusive growing rights to private investors and limited the number of marijuana grow sites to 10, which turned off many potential supporters.
House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. This was a huge step forward for the state that no one expected to show tolerance.
Despite still being illegal, recreational weed has been decriminalized in Ohio. Possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana, growing up to 100 grams of marijuana, and giving up to 20 grams of marijuana to another person are all considered to be minor misdemeanors punishable by a maximum of $150 fine. A campaign to legalize recreational marijuana is underway in this state, with signature collection expected to begin in January 2018.
Kush encourages discretion for all travelers. If you do partake, don’t drive while high – you can be convicted of a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana in Ohio. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Ohio Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
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Is Marijuana legal in Ohio?
Yes and no, House Bill 523, effective on September 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio, but recreational cannabis is still considered highly illegal in Ohio
Where can I buy marijuana?
There are a handful of state-licensed dispensaries around the state. These are the only legal outlets if you are a qualifying Ohio state medical marijuana patient.
How can I help legalize marijuana in Ohio?
If you are registered to vote in Ohio, you can help to legalize marijuana by voting to legalize marijuana in the upcoming election.
How much will it cost if it is legalized?
The price of marijuana will vary based on strain and quality, and it will also be highly dependent on what the tax percentage is. You can expect prices to be between $10 to $30 per gram.
When will dispensaries open up?
Medical marijuana was legalized in November 2016, and dispensaries began opening in the middle of 2017.
What types of marijuana will the stores sell?
This is all dependent on the specific law that is passed in Ohio, but in general, this is an overview of what stores will carry. You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Dispensaries will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Concentrates: essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: these can be very potent!
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Transdermal Products (Topicals): creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
- Seeds: seeds that can be used to grow your own marijuana plants. Stores will have many different strains of Indicas and Sativas.
- Clones: healthy seedlings that are ready be grown.
What is the punishment if I’m caught with marijuana?
Marijuana has been decriminalized in Ohio. Possession of up to 100 grams, growing up to 100 grams, and giving up to 20 grams of marijuana to another person are all considered to be minor misdemeanors punishable by a maximum of $150 fine. If caught, your driver license could also be suspended for up to 5 years. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Ohio Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level, even if marijuana is legalized in Ohio. Be sure to always follow the laws of the state you are in, and state authorities will have no issues with you.
What is a dab?
Dabs are often compared to the hard liquor of the cannabis world, and can be found in many forms. Dabs are the essential oils and waxes of the cannabis plant that are extracted and concentrated into a potent wax form. They are known for their high concentration of THC. Smoking a dab is much stronger than smoking flowers. If you are not a regular cannabis consumer with a high tolerance, we recommend using extreme caution.
If you’re considering purchasing or doing a dab, it is also important to know what is in the essential oil being offered or sold and if it is safe. Many extracts may not have been purged correctly, and may contain residual amounts of butane or other solvents. CO 2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because critical extraction machines that use CO 2 as the only solvent extract it.
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Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.
Hemp: Bill introduced in Ohio to legalize growing, allow CBD derived from hemp
COLUMBUS – Ohio lawmakers will for the first time this year consider lifting the state’s ban on hemp cultivation and processing.
A bill introduced Tuesday in the Ohio Senate would legalize hemp within the framework of the 2018 farm bill. The new law, signed in December, lifted the federal prohibition on hemp but left regulation up to individual states.
Hemp is a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3 percent THC, an intoxicating compound that generates the “high” associated with marijuana.
Ohio law does not differentiate between hemp and marijuana, so state regulators have said all hemp-related products are legal only through the state’s new medical marijuana program. That position, publicly issued in August, has led to stores pulling hemp extracts from their shelves.
Senate Bill 57, sponsored by Republican Sens. Steve Huffman and Brian Hill, would legalize a cannabis compound called cannabidiol, or CBD, derived from hemp as well as other products made from hemp or infused with hemp extracts.
The bill puts hemp regulation under the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which would set rules for licensing hemp growers and a process for testing plants to make sure they are under the THC limit. There would be no licensing required to sell or make hemp products.
Huffman told The Enquirer he envisions a cultivation license fee of between $500 and $1,000 – a far cry from the $200,000 fee for an Ohio medical marijuana grow license.
Huffman, who was the lead sponsor of Ohio’s medical marijuana law, said education will be key for passing the bill. Senate President Larry Obhof and House Speaker Larry Householder said during a Tuesday event sponsored by the Associated Press that they didn’t know much about hemp and look forward to discussion about the topic.
Veronica Carpio, a Colorado hemp farmer who successfully lobbied for protections for hemp products there, told The Enquirer there are a few problems with the bill that need to be fixed.
The biggest: the definition of “hemp product” doesn’t include language about the THC limit for hemp and could unintentionally allow for products with greater amounts of THC.
Carpio noted the bill also includes criminal punishment – a minor misdemeanor on first offense – for “recklessly” violating the law. Carpio said a farmer could get a bad batch of seeds that results in a crop exceeding the THC limit.
“This is a step forward,” Carpio said Tuesday evening. “But it definitely needs major work, does not protect consumers and leaves law enforcement with a mess to figure out.”
Hemp has been used for centuries as a fiber and food product. Demand for CBD has driven recent interest and investments in hemp. CBD consumers say it alleviates a range of conditions including anxiety and pain.
The 2014 farm bill allowed states to grow hemp as part of a university-backed research program. Kentucky was the first state to do so.
Sales of hemp products reached $820 million in 2017 and are projected to hit $1.9 billion by 2022, according to the Hemp Business Journal.
Huffman said hemp could benefit Ohio farmers and manufacturers looking for a new cash crop or product line. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio Farmers Union both support hemp legalization.
“I don’t know what it could be, but I think it has potential,” Huffman said.
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