Ohio agencies continue rule-making process


Last update: February 28, 2017


MPP had a great Ohio Canna-Business Seminar in February. Thank you to all who joined, and a special thanks to our presenters, all of whom did such a great job talking about emerging regulations, best business practices, state and federal law, and many other key issues. For handouts and copies of the PowerPoint presentations, check out the event page here.

State regulators brief seminar attendees on the latest rules under consideration.


Regulators at the Department of Commerce, the Board of Pharmacy, and the Medical Board continue the rule-making process, developing rules of the road for the emerging medical marijuana system. While Ohio will be one of the more heavily-regulated — and costliest — medical marijuana programs in the country, observers and those tracking state progress have been encouraged to see regulators genuinely seeking public input and responding with changes in key areas.

For an overview of the current law, see our quick summary. All the rules proposed to date are available on the state’s website here. Our own seminar event page, including handouts and other materials related to Ohio’s emerging program, is available here. Stay tuned – this is a big year for Ohio’s program, as rules are finalized in the coming months and the application process begins.

Marijuana laws in Ohio


Possession of less than 100 grams (or about 3.5 ounces), giving 20 grams or less of marijuana to another person, or growing less than 100 grams of marijuana are each considered  “minor misdemeanors,” punishable by a maximum fine of $150. A minor misdemeanor is not a “jailable” offense, but a person’s driver’s license can be suspended for a period ranging from six months to five years.

While Ohio’s marijuana penalties are less draconian than its neighbors, law enforcement officers are still wasting valuable time and resources. In 2012, Ohio officers arrested or cited 14,374 people for marijuana-related offenses, 94% of which were for possession only. At the same time, 91.6% of all reported burglaries — including home invasions — and 90% of all motor vehicle thefts went unsolved. Let your legislators know it’s time law enforcement stopped wasting time punishing adults for choosing a safer alternative to alcohol.

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