Ohio: Four More Cities Depenalize Marijuana Possession Offenses

Glouster, OH: Voters in four Ohio towns (Adena, Glouster, Jacksonville, and Trimble) passed municipal initiatives on Tuesday depenalizing low-level marijuana possession offenses.

The policies amend local laws to reduce marijuana-specific offenses to the “lowest penalty allowed by the state.” Under current state law, possession is classified as a minor misdemeanor.

The villages join over a dozen other Ohio towns and cities – including Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton – that have enacted local ordinances significantly reducing marijuana possession penalties.

Additional information is available from NORML Appalachia, which assisted in coordinating the campaign. NORML’s municipal decriminalization report is available online.