Ohio

Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Medical Marijuana
Drugged Driving
Decriminalization

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
Less than 100 g Misdemeanor N/A $ 150
100 - 200 g Misdemeanor 30 days $ 250
200 - 1,000 g Felony 1 year $ 2,500
1,000 - 20,000 g Felony 1 - 5 years $ 10,000
20,000 - 40,000 g Felony 5* - 8 years $ 15,000
More than 40,000 g Felony 8 years* $ 20,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Sale/Distribution/Trafficking
A gift of 20 g or less (first offense) Misdemeanor N/A $ 150
A gift of 20 g or less (second offense) Misdemeanor 60 days $ 500
Less than 200 g Felony 1 year $ 2,500
200 - 1,000 g Felony 18 months $ 2,500
1,000 - 20,000 g Felony 1 - 5 years $ 10,000
20,000 - 40,000 g Felony 5* - 8 years $ 15,000
More than 40,000 g Felony 8 years* $ 20,000
To a minor, within 1000 feet of a school, within 100 feet of a juvenile, or by one who has a previous drug conviction will increase the term of imprisonment and the fine.
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Cultivation
See Possession
Hash & Concentrates
Possession of less than 5g/1g (solid/liquid) Misdemeanor N/A $ 150
Possession of 5g/1g - 10g/2g (solid/liquid) Misdemeanor 30 days $ 250
Possession of 10g/2g - 50g/10g (solid/liquid) Felony 1 year $ 2,500
Possession of 50g/10g - 1,000g/200g (solid/liquid) Felony 3 years $ 10,000
Possession of 1,000g/200g (solid/liquid) or more Felony 8 years $ 15,000
Selling less than 10g/2g (solid/liquid) Felony 1 year $ 2,500
Selling 10g/2g - 50g/10g (solid/liquid) Felony 18 months $ 5,000
Selling 50g/10g - 1,000g/200g (solid/liquid) Felony 3 years $ 10,000
Selling 1,000g/200g (solid/liquid) or more Felony 8 years $ 15,000
Manufacture Felony 8 years $ 15,000
Paraphernalia
Possession of paraphernalia Misdemeanor N/A $ 150
Sale of paraphernalia Misdemeanor 90 days $ 750
Miscellaneous
Any drug conviction (including a paraphernalia conviction) may result in a driver's license suspension for a period of 6 months - 5 years.

Details

Conditional Release

The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Decriminalization

The state has decriminalized marijuana to some degree. Typically, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal consumption. The conduct is treated like a minor traffic violation.

Drugged Driving

This state has a per se drugged driving law enacted. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold.

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Medical Marijuana

This state has medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective.