Is Weed Legal in Ohio? April 2024 Updates

Is Weed Legal in Ohio?

Yes, recreational marijuana is legal in Ohio as of November 8, 2023, when voters passed Issue 2. However, recreational dispensaries are awaiting the issuance of licenses, estimated to be distributed between June and September 2024, before they can start selling.

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Ohio Weed Legalization

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Ohio following the voter approval of Issue 2 on November 8, 2023. Although the legislation has passed, the sale of recreational cannabis will not begin until the state completes the licensing process.

The state will need time to establish rules, regulations and licensing procedures for recreational marijuana. Dispensaries will also need time to prepare for the new recreational market. Experts estimate it could take anywhere from 6 months to a year before recreational marijuana sales officially begin in Ohio. The Ohio Division of Marijuana Control will provide more definitive timelines soon.

Ohio Cannabis Bill

The Ohio Cannabis Bill, passed in 2023, allows adults aged 21 and over to purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and grow up to six plants per individual or twelve plants per household. The bill’s implementation is overseen by the Ohio Division of Marijuana Control, which is currently finalizing regulations and licensing procedures.

Ohio marijuana laws now permit the use of recreational marijuana following the passage of the Ohio Cannabis Bill. However, there are still significant regulatory steps to be completed before dispensaries can begin operations, including the distribution of recreational licenses.

While recreational marijuana is legal, sales are expected to start only after recreational licenses are issued, a process estimated to begin between June and September 2024. Sign- up Ohio with Bloom to get the latest updates on recreational sales!

Yes, weed is decriminalized in Ohio. Possession of up to 70 grams is legal for adults 21 and over, while possessing over 70 grams up to 100 grams is considered a minor misdemeanor. Possessing 100 to 200 grams is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $250.

Yes, following the passage of the Ohio Cannabis Bill, adults 21 and over can grow up to six plants per individual or twelve plants per household. This allowance is part of the broader recreational legalization efforts.

Possession of over 200 grams of marijuana in Ohio is considered a felony. This can lead to substantial penalties, including possible prison time and large fines, reflecting the state’s stance on preventing large-scale illegal distribution. Two hundred grams of weed is equivalent to approximately 7 ounces. To put it into perspective, this amount is quite substantial, as an ounce of marijuana can typically roll about 28 to 56 joints, depending on their size.

Can You Still Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio?

Yes, Issue 2 does not change the medical marijuana program. Patients can still receive a medical card with a qualifying condition. There are even benefits to keeping an active medical card, including:

  • No 10% recreational marijuana tax
  • Higher possession limits
  • Access to medical-only dispensary inventory
  • Potential protections against discrimination

Medical marijuana patients should consider renewing their cards even with legalization. Cards are valid for up to 3 years. We actually wrote up a blog about the benefits of keeping your Ohio medical marijuanas card if you want to catch up on the perks we know of (so far)!

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