Cincinnati City Council To Suspend Marijuana Recriminalization Law

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 thoughts

  1. 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. 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. 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…………

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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:
    Internet Explorer web browser:
    All Other Browsers:
    It’s a good to tell them the hard core truth about marijuana NOT causing accidents too… Marijuana and driving:
    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.

  7. 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!!!

  8. Some day history will look back on this era much the same way we look at burning witches or public beheading.
    The sheer lunacy of telling people they must pay money, face jail or lose their property for the “crime” of owning themself over a plant is very telling. We are advanced technologically, but this is still a very primitive society relying on force rather than intellect and free choice to determine outcomes.
    Legalization wouldn’t be an issue if people really knew anything about respect for others and freedom of choice.
    Legalization of cannabis is about much more than the plant itself. Either you own yourself or you don’t, WE DON’T. This IS still a SLAVE society in many aspects.

  9. I live mass I think being arrest for pipe and making it illegal you people should make them out of coke cans , and paper rolls with tin protest this
    even papers its all about money and not rights an abuse of power in old days we would rise up and fire upon the pigs who violated the very right to freedom to be charge with a criminal offence for having a pipe is simple outrage soon in this police state you will be arrest for speaking out

  10. what happens to people who have had misdemeanors for less than 1 oz. of weed prior to this year? can it be reduced?

  11. it’s just time for the goverment to legailze pot. if the country so broke wyy not kegalize it? make to much money, I, mean sense.

  12. hi to all Americans!
    we need YOUR HELP!
    plz help signing a petition in Germany for Decriminalizing cannabis. Everybody no matter where he lives can sign this petition. It’s a petition page of the German government (Deutscher Bundestag).
    Unfortunately this page is in German only,
    BUT we have an instruction how you can sign this petition although if you don’t understand German.
    Plz help us, we need as much signatures as possible!

  13. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong but in Ohio, a baggy with weed in it, joints, blunts are all considered drug paraphernalia correct?
    So when the ordinance is repealed, to only get hit with the 100$ penalty, you would have to have weed on you that is not in a container and also not have any paraphernalia on you.
    How would it work for making baked goods with thc in them? Say I have a weed brownie in a baggy, would that be considered paraphernalia? I would imagine that would be the case.
    I support the repeal of this as I’ve been punished by the ordinance twice in fact. I’m not going to complain since its better than what it is currently.
    I will say though that I think the paraphernalia laws make no ethical sense when compared to the law for possessing marijuana in Ohio. Maybe its just the way the government works. Maybe they are trying to sneakily get you for paraphernalia possession by having such a weak punish for possessing marijuana in low quantities.

  14. #15-I tried, but was unable to register because the “register” page was in some program I wasn’t able to fill in the blanks. Wierd glitch.
    #16 and even more ironic, you can legally PURCHASE said parapherniala and they can legall SELL it, but once it’s been touched by the resin for which you would get a civil infraction is when it becomes “paraphernalia.” Fucked up laws.
    I’ve never been caught, never come close. and I’ve smoked pretty openly, in parks, waiting for a bus, sitting on a ramp hitchhiking….it’s all a stupid waste of time and money and resources and human life.

  15. #18 – thx for your try.did you enter the url (step 1)?
    Then you have to click on “registrieren” and you will get the real form where you can enter your data.
    kind regards from Germany

  16. I don’t understand why Alcohol is legal and pot isn’t. The only thing I can think of is that the government isn’t getting tax money for it. I know gambling was illegal for years because the government couldn’t tax it. Now it’s legal why? Because the government is getting tax money for it. It’s a sad day when you get a bunch of buracrats making up rules as they go along. Turning innocent people into criminals.

  17. High all,
    I’d like to correct this story. The City Council DID REPEAL our Marijuana Ordinance on Dec 30th during their emergency budget hearing for 2011!
    It was a 5-4 vote! In fact, the deciding 5th vote was from Councilman Cecil Thomas who’d pushed the law through in 2006, one year after former Councilman David Pepper had tried and failed in 2005.
    Please see the whole story at and
    and tune in to next Tuesday’s HempRock Radio show on Jan 18 at 1pm est for the full story and interviews with City Council Members!

  18. If your goin to sale things like. Newport’s and liquor than
    You should sale weed it can’t kill you like things they do sale to us

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