Marijuana Related Penalties in Ohio


  • Possession of less than 100gms of marijuana is a citable offense: fine $150
  • Possession of more than 100gms of marijuana: maximum fine $250
  • Possession of 200gms or more of marijuana: possible 6 months to 1 year in prison
  • Possession of 1,00gms or more of marijuana: 1 to 5 years in prison

Any possession of less than 500gms does not carry the presumption of prison; this makes probation a possibility for such offenses.

  • Possession of 20,000gms or more of marijuana: mandatory prison sentence of 8 years

Delivery and Sale of Marijuana

  • Delivery of 20gms or less of marijuana for no remuneration: considered as a possession offense and carries a fine of $1000
  • Sale or distribution of less than 200gms of marijuana: 6 to 18 months in jail
  • Sale or distribution of 200gms or more of marijuana: 1-5 years in jail
  • Sale or distribution of 600gms or more of marijuana: mandatory minimum sentence of six months in jail with a possible 2-8 years jail sentence
  • Sale to minors, within 1,000 feet of a school, within 100 feet of a juvenile and previous felony drug convictions: penalty for sale or distribution of marijuana increased

Possession and Sale of Marijuana Paraphernalia

  • Possession of marijuana paraphernalia is punishable by up to 30 days in jail
  • Sale of marijuana paraphernalia is punishable by up to 90 days in jail

For all drug convictions, the offender’s driver’s license is also suspended for a period of 6 months – 5 years. Professional licenses are also suspended.

Medical Marijuana in Ohio: Current Situation (November 2010)

On Saturday November 14 there was a gathering on the courthouse steps in Dayton to push for legalization of medical marijuana within the state of Ohio. Demonstrators were calling for the passage of Housebill 478 – the medical marijuana bill introduced in March, which is still with the state’s health committee. It is hoped that the Bill will be put to the vote this month.

If you want to get involved in the Ohio medical marijuana movement, check out Ohioans for Medical Marijuana.


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Join the discussion 25 Comments

  • Kaylani Schuh says:

    How do I get my medical marijuana card, I have bi-polo er, epilepsy, diabetic, and I am paranormalsiczaprinic as well. Can u please help and tell me where I can get my card or how I can do it. Thank you.

  • sharon says:

    I suffer from chronic back and neck pain, have been since 1997. I would of probably killed my kidneys and liver by now if it wasn’t for marijuana. I am currently, considering moving from this state.

  • MJ says:

    It’s just sad that any state would make medicine illegal. Especailly when so many people really need it.

  • Levi says:

    I am 18 and was born with a very rare form of arthritis, named HIDS or Hyperimmunoglobulinemia D Syndrome, and I take 3200mgs of motrin at in a day just to feel partly ok, and te pain keeps getting worse instead of better. Please vote to legalize medical cannibus. Please.

  • larry says:

    I suffer from different types of seizers, I have to have a vns inplant to help me, and is on 3 different types of meds that are very strong.

    I am wondering how to obtain a medical marijuana card. I have read stories how it has help people , with there eating, not being stress which brings on my seizers.

  • james says:

    I too have chronic kidney disease, I stay sick, every now and again ,afriend will stop by and smoke a little pot with me its the only time I feel human, please pass this, let me live again, if only for a little while. yr 96

  • James says:

    Im only 19 and suffer from chronic kidney disease and brain cancer. Im depressed all the time and cant gain any weight due to lack of appetite. Please let it pass.

  • Earl Evans says:

    My wife and I have fibromyalgia (chronic pain).

    My wife also has Vaginal cancer, and I had back surgery and still have pain from that. Pain meds only last a certain amount of time. We need to have medical marijuana to cover the gap between pain meds to be able to live productive lives. PLEASE legalize medical marijuana.

  • Lisa says:

    I am a sufferer of migrains, tmj, and arthritis. The pain is unbearable and all the pain medicines I have been given only work for about 10 minutes before the pain comes back just as strong.

    Medical Marijuana is something I have been looking into but of course it’s not legal in Ohio. Please legalize it so those who deserve it can have a qaulity of life worth living. I don’t understand why narcotics are legal but marijuana is not. Make it legal and make it a decision that should be made between a doctor and a patient, like all other medicines and treament procedures.

    Narcotics and other pain pills have severe side affects also,and that can include depression. My quality of life is greatly reduced right now to a dorment, depressed, tortured, 28 year old women. I used to be an independant woman that ran free, laughed all day, worked, played, went on vacation, had love, freedom and a bright future.

    My life has change dramatically and now I am just asking for a little relief from pain. Not much. Just something to have a light at the end of the tunnel. So please think about the people that really truly will need the treament of medical marijuana.

    Not just someone you invision as a stoner or a pothead, or even your movie visionary cheech and chong. This is actually a good thing for a lot of great people. Proof is in the pudding and it seems to being working out well in the other states that are leading the way.

  • rob says:

    i used to have migraine head-aches and cronic nausea before i started smoking marijuana. I have not had thoses symtoms since. LEGALIZE IT !!

  • bill says:

    I had my foot chopped off from a van wile i was on a quad on the road and i am under 18 and i absolutely need a medical card.

    I am havting to deal with drug dealers that scare me and the quality is bad too and i need it bad when i smoke i can feel my foot alot better but the weed i buy sucks and i have to buy it from scary drug dealers i want to buy it from a dispensary insted cuz they are not scary and i here they hav good quality of medical and that is exaclty wat i need and i got extreame fibralmialga and wen i smoke the electrisitey in my legs go away peace 🙁

  • alison ryles says:

    I suffer from depression and have chronic back pain out of all the pain pills and depression pills marijuana is the only real help but i dont want to get in trouble.

    How can i get medical marijuana certified in the state of Ohio?

  • Tom Johnson says:

    I hate to be the one to break the bad news to everyone, but it will never happen in Ohio. The ballot drives are a joke and will in no way work. The best thing to do is csll your senator and let him know you support the house bill.

  • Jake K says:

    The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act isn’t just a bill any more, it’s a fully fledged ballot initiative! It’s the most complete language I have ever seen!

  • Jake_K says:

    The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012 is up and pushing hard! I have never seen such complete ballot language. It has over 12 pages of patient protections, provisions for medical research and a real system of law to prevent patient arrests!

  • mike says:

    I have been suffering with chrohns disease for 6 years and have been killing my liver for over 5 years with 100 mcg/hr duragesic patches.

    Two months ago the fda put a hold at the manufacturer and I could not pay for the generic brand because the duragesic was paid for by patient assistance program. So I only had one choice, I began using cannabis. I hate the thought that I have to break the law, but I would rather break the law until the law is changed, than use a drug that has killed countless people to use a natural non-toxic plant that helps my issues with my disease better than near lethal doses of narcotic.

    So in short please support passing a law to give the people that need cannabis to help them with their medical problems without the worry if they will possibly overdose and leave their loved ones behind for no reason! Thank you for this site. mike

  • Mark says:

    I just wanna get high without getting into trouble

  • Digital vaporizer says:

    I am a Crohn’s Disease Patient and I suffer every day from chronic pain due to my illness , It has already been medically proven that marijuana is a good choice to take away the pain and calm stomach and intestinal upset , please help I have been sick all my life and all I want is some relief without having to worry bout getting in trouble.
    thank you.

    • Crohns victom says:

      i to suffer from Crohns,herniated disc in my back,and ulcers, i have almost died from this disease,i suffer everyday as do most people diagnosed with this debilitating disease.

      I live in a non- legal state, with dr’s who will not provide the care needed,nor will they give you anything for pain!! I to am thankfull for the God given erb Marijuanna,without it i would be in bad shape,I find it relieves me of pain,nausea,anxiety,stress,and my want to eat is greatly influenced.

      When i dont have Marijuanna to treat my illness, i suffer and everything is magnified,its the Elixer of Life!! ALL STATES SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO MEDICAL MARIJUANNA FOR PATIANTS WHO BENIFIT FROM IT HELPING HEALING POWERS.. ty Mike

  • zach says:

    @karin, at this time, unfortunately it is not possible to use medical marijuana in the state… the bill was rejected.

  • karin says:

    I am a Crohn’s Disease Patient and I suffer every day from chronic pain due to my illness , It has already been medically proven that marijuana is a good choice to take away the pain and calm stomach and intestinal upset , I was wondering also how to get a certified legal medical usage of marijuana here in the state of ohio . please help I have been sick all my life and all I want is some relief without having to worry bout getting in trouble.
    thank you.

  • Lorie says:

    My Boyfriend suffers from Chronic pain syndrome,from frayed and severed nerves that can’t me repaired.I am trying to get him a card for medicinal marijuana in Ohio How do I do that???

  • wasz says:

    I suffer from chronic back and knee pain and was wondering how can I get certified in the state of ohio for medical marijuana.

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