Recently, some states have legalized recreational marijuana use. Ohio, isn’t one of them. In fact, while some parts of the country have adopted a lax policy regarding cannabis consumption, marijuana is still illegal under federal law and throughout the state of Ohio. If you or your loved one is arrested for any type of marijuana related crime, do not talk willingly to police. Instead, request to speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Depending on the exact crime police accuse you of committing, you could face serious penalties, including:
Criminal record — Possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a $150 fine. While this may seem like a relatively light sentence, it is important for you to understand that if you are convicted, you will have a misdemeanor drug offense on your record — a blotch that may affect future employment opportunities. If you sell, traffic or distribute marijuana, depending on the quantity, you face felony charges.
Fines — The fines for marijuana vary based on the amount of the substance and the type of crime. Possession of 200-1,000 grams is punishable by $2,500 in fines. If you are arrested for possessing between 1,000 and 5,000 grams, you face $10,000 in fines.
Incarceration — Depending on the crime and the amount of marijuana, you could face up to eight years in prison. Individuals convicted of selling between 200-1,000 grams may be sentenced to between six months and one and a half years.
It is important to understand that if you sell pot and have a previous drug conviction, or sell to a minor, within 1,000 feet of a school or within 100 feet of a juvenile you face increased fines and imprisonment.