Ohio Marijuana Compliance

Under the current Ohio marijuana laws, recreational cannabis use is legal for adults aged 21 and older, following the voter-approved Issue 2 in November 2023. This law allows adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and up to 15 grams of concentrate. Additionally, adults can cultivate up to six plants at their primary residence, with a maximum of 12 plants per residence if more than one adult lives there.

The state also has a medical marijuana program, established under HB 523 in 2016. This program allows patients with qualifying medical conditions to apply for an Ohio medical marijuana card. A new division, the Division of Marijuana Control, now oversees the Medical Marijuana Control Program.

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Ohio Marijuana Compliance

Ohio Marijuana Laws

Overall Status: Fully Legal

Recreational marijuana use is legal for adults 21 and older in Ohio. Medical marijuana is also legal for patients with qualifying conditions. The recent changes allow for the regulated sale, possession, and cultivation of cannabis under specific guidelines.

Although an Ohio medical marijuana program is currently in place, Employers in Ohio are not required to accommodate marijuana use or possession by employees and have the authority to make decisions related to hiring and employment conditions based on an individual’s marijuana use.

Medical Marijuana: Legal

In 2016, Governor John Kasich passed a new Ohio marijuana law that established the state’s Medical Marijuana Control Program. Under HB 523, a state-certified physician may recommend the use of medical marijuana treatment to patients diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.

Qualifying conditions under Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program include but are not limited to Crohn’s disease, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.

Decriminalized: Yes

Though the possession of marijuana has not been fully decriminalized, updates to Ohio marijuana compliance law have partially decriminalized marijuana possession. Under updated Ohio marijuana law, possessing up to 100 grams of marijuana or up to five grams of solid hashish is now considered a misdemeanor offense with a $150 fine and no jail time. Above 100 grams, but less than 200 grams, is also considered a misdemeanor charge but includes a $250 fine and is punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

Recreational Marijuana: Legal

As of November 7, 2023, recreational marijuana is legal in Ohio. Adults aged 21 and over can legally possess, purchase, and use marijuana within the state.

Last updated 1/16/2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Ohio. Recreational use is permitted for adults 21 and older, and medical use is available for patients with qualifying conditions.

What is Ohio’s history with marijuana?

In 2016, Governor John Kasich passed HB 523 to establish the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, which allowed patients diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition to consume, possess, and purchase medicinal marijuana.

In November 2023, recreational marijuana was legalized in the state.

What is the punishment for possession in Ohio?

Possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense with a $150 fine and no jail time. Penalties increase for possession amounts above 100 grams.

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Citations

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“House Bill 523” Ohio Legislature, https://search-prod.lis.state.oh.us/solarapi/v1/general_assembly_131/bills/hb523/EN/05/hb523_05_EN?format=pdf
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“Chapter 123:1-76 | Drug-Free Workplace Program” Ohio Laws and Administrative Rules, https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-administrative-code/chapter-123:1-76
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“Marijuana Possession in Ohio” NOLO, https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/marijuana-laws-and-penalties/ohio.htm
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Marijuana Policy Project. (2023). 2023 Ohio Cannabis Legalization Law Summary. Retrieved from https://www.mpp.org/states/ohio/2023-ohio-cannabis-legalization-law-summary/
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Ballotpedia. (2023). Ohio Issue 2, Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2023). Retrieved from https://ballotpedia.org/Ohio_Issue_2,Marijuana_Legalization_Initiative(2023)
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Pierre-Louis, L. (2023, July 10). Five Upcoming Changes to Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Laws & Recreational Update. JD Supra. Retrieved from https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/five-upcoming-changes-to-ohio-s-medical-5401366/