|Sent on:||Sunday, July 8, 2012 1:05 PM|
For more than a year there has been ongoing amount of work devoted to improving criminal laws in Ohio. Cincinnati’s State Senator Bill Seitz has been the lead on this effort. He was assisted by a variety of groups throughout the state with the primary group being a Cincinnati based organization. The groups involved those from a wide variety the religious, justice, drug policy, economic communities and many others. The bill covered a wide range of criminal issues such as collateral sanctions, employment, prison terms and more.
An important element for NORML is the issue of marihuana paraphernalia. For a long time Ohio’s possession law has been undermined by its onerous marihuana paraphernalia laws. In Ohio it is a lot worse to have a paraphernalia charge than a possession charge. Ohio marijuana possession law up to 100 g is a minor misdemeanor. Now with the passage of Senate bill 337 marihuana paraphernalia it is the same, a minor misdemeanor. In Ohio a minor misdemeanor is a non arrestable offense like a ticket.
The exact text of the new law is as follows:
“If the offender uses or possesses with purpose to use the drug paraphernalia with marihuana, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia is a minor misdemeanor”
On August 11th Miami Valley NORML will have our annual meeting where this law and it’s implications will be discussed. Please reply if you are interested in being at the meeting. More information on the information will be available.
Now is the time to act and end marijuana prohibition.
Miami Valley NORML
Working to legalize marijuana in Ohio
Serving the Greater Cincinnati & Dayton area