Penalties For Marijuana Possession In Ohio


Ohio is not among the states, such as Colorado and Washington, that have decriminalized marijuana possession. Nor is Ohio one of the 21 jurisdictions that have legalized medical marijuana. In Ohio, it’s still against the law to possess even a trace amount of marijuana.

A conviction for possession of any amount of marijuana can result in a fine or jail time. Here are the maximum penalties:

  • Less than 100 grams — Minor misdemeanor, $150 fine
  • 100 grams to 200 grams — Fourth-degree misdemeanor, 30 days in jail and $250 fine
  • 201 grams to 999 grams — Fifth-degree felony, one year in jail and $2,500 fine
  • 1,000 grams to 19,999 grams — Third-degree felony, five years in jail and $10,000 fine
  • 20,000 grams or more — Second-degree  felony, mandatory minimum of five years and maximum of eight years in jail, and $15,000 fine

Topics:  Drug Possession, Marijuana

Published In: Criminal Law Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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