Surprisingly, Ohio is one of the few states in the Midwest region that is seeing a strong push towards marijuana legalization. However, on November 3rd, 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.
It is expected there will be another initiative up for vote in November 2016 to legalize marijuana; the most likely led by the marijuana advocacy group Legalize Ohio 2016. Pending approval, it would legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21 years old and permit Ohio physicians to begin issues medical marijuana identification cards on March 1st, 2017. Find more information on LegalizeOhio2016.org.
Despite still being illegal, 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.
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.
Is Marijuana legal in Ohio?
As of January 2016, marijuana is not legal in Ohio. Ohio voters voted no on an initiative to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in October 2015.
Voters will likely be voting on another marijuana legalization initiative in November 2016.
Where can I buy marijuana?
Currently, there are no legal outlets in Ohio where residents can purchase marijuana.
How can I help legalize marijuana in Ohio?
Although Ohio voters voted down a measure to approve recreational marijuana at the end of 2015, it is likely that medical and/or recreational marijuana will become legalized in Ohio during 2016. There is an amendment proposed addressing marijuana legalization for Ohio, led by the marijuana advocacy group Legalize Ohio 2016. Pending approval, it would legalize recreational marijuana legally and permit Ohio physicians to begin issues medical marijuana identification cards on March 1st, 2017. Recreational users will be permitted to possess 100 grams of marijuana flowers, 500 grams of infused edibles, 2 liters of infused liquids, and 25 grams of concentrate. They will also be allowed to grow up to 6 plants, or 12 plants per household with 2+ adults. Patients will be allowed to possess up to 200 grams of marijuana, up to 1,000 grams of marijuana infused edibles, 5 liters of marijuana infused liquids, and 50 grams of marijuana concentrates. Patients will also be allowed to grow up to 12 mature marijuana plants, or 24 per household with 2+ adults. Find more information on LegalizeOhio2016.org. 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 new Marijuana Laws go into effect in Ohio?
The marijuana initiatives will go up for vote in November 2016. If the initiative passes, it is estimated that the law will go into effect in the beginning of 2017.
When will dispensaries open up?
If medical marijuana is legalized in November 2016, you can expect dispensaries to begin opening in the middle of 2017. However, it all depends on the law that is passed and state regulations.
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 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. CO2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because critical extraction machines that use CO2 as the only solvent extract it.
Read more about BHO and Concentrates here: “What’s the Buzz about BHO”
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.
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