Cincinnati City Council To Suspend Marijuana Recriminalization Law

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 5, 2011

    Cincinnati City Council members are expected to vote 5 to 4 on a 2011 budget plan that repeals the city’s four-year-old marijuana recriminalization law. Council members’ decision to suspend the law is one of several cost-cutting measures that will be enacted in the new budget.

    Under Ohio state law, the possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana (approximately three ounces) is classified as a ‘minor misdemeanor’ punishable by a $150 fine and no criminal record. However, in 2006, Cincinnati council members enacted a separate citywide marijuana ordinance making minor marijuana possession offenses punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a $250 fine, and a criminal record. Statistics released shortly after the law’s passage reported that the ordinance failed to reduce criminal activity and drug tourism within the city, but did significantly increase local law enforcement costs. Nonetheless, council members voted 7 to 2 in 2007 to make the municipal ordinance indefinite.

    By repealing the ordinance, local police and prosecutors will once again have to apply the state law to defendants found to be in possession of marijuana within the city limits.

    The Cincinnati City Council is expected to finalize the vote on Thursday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    In recent months, the cities of New Orleans and Philadelphia have enacted municipal proposals reducing minor marijuana offenses from criminal misdemeanors to summary (non-arrestable) offenses. In California, legislation reclassifying the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction became law on Saturday.

    24 responses to “Cincinnati City Council To Suspend Marijuana Recriminalization Law”

    1. Nick says:

      Anyone who possesses drug paraphernalia in Ohio needs to understand that it is a criminal offense! So it’s a non-criminal offense to have a joint or blunt, but it is a criminal offense to have a pipe, bong, etc, and you can be arrested for that.

      Still, I’ve lived throughout Ohio and I’ve noticed most cops are not too concerned with busting people for pot.

    2. fishcreekbob says:

      So this is why we’re not starting a class action suit against them. We’re just waiting for them to do themselves in foolishly fearing the Weed.

    3. Diverrick says:

      Yeah, well, try living in Illinois. Its like living in 1960s Russia with the KGB. When you live in a state that cannot seem to balance its own checkbook, the people will pay…………

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    5. claygooding says:

      Chip,chip,chip as the wall creaks and totters from all the attacks,from so many directions and reasons.

    6. Chris says:

      I want to hear more about Colorado’s proposed limit on blood level THC to determine DUI enforcement.

      I mean, It Just Makes Sense. Lets hold homegrow smokers to the same standard as RX patients who take Marinol.

      Oh, wait… “The drug manufacturer suggests that patients receiving treatment with Marinol® should be specifically warned not to drive until it is established that they are able to tolerate the drug and perform such tasks safely.”


      and what are they using as a baseline, seeing as how we dont study the drug? basically their best guess.

      im glad im crazy so that the world makes sense.

    7. KC says:

      So what does this mean exacly?

    8. jsknow says:

      Only when enough voters learn the truth about marijuana and marijuana prohibition will it be legal nationwide.

      Don’t be shy about talking to anti-marijuana people about the honest facts. Tell them:
      The laws prohibiting marijuana are NOT a result of any harm from marijuana. They are the result of lies, greed and racism. Ask them to read the well documented proof of that and a lot more marijuana TRUTH in these two articles: “MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril” and “WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither”, click the links to those articles on this webpage:
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      It’s a good to tell them the hard core truth about marijuana NOT causing accidents too… Marijuana and driving: http://peaceandloveism.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4692
      Google MARIJUANA DRIVING STUDY. You’ll see 2 common findings:
      1. Drivers under the influence of marijuana are SLIGHTLY impaired.
      2. Unlike those under the influence of alcohol, marijuana consumers are aware they are SLIGHTLY impaired and they consistently adequately compensate by slowing down a little and being a little more cautious.

    9. Texas is the worst, they have 1000’s of pounds of marijuana being smoked in every big city every night. They still leave it as being ILLEGAL, go have a beer and a cigarette?! Now this is RETARDED. The LAW on marijuana, WILL CHANGE. ITS NOT IF, ITS WHEN! And by looking at the herb im smoking in CALI, its gonna be SOON!!!

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