Ohio has some of the most complex drug crime laws in the country, with penalties and sentences based on numerous factors, the most prominent of which are how addictive a particular substance is and its medicinal value, if any. If you’re facing a drug crime conviction in Columbus, Ohio, you need a drug crime lawyer to fight the charges against you. The attorneys at Halabi Law LLC are standing by 24/7/365 to help you. We’ll thoroughly research the facts and the law, and then put together a drug crime defense to prevent a single mistake from affecting your future.
Possession of Marijuana in Columbus
Although the Governor recently signed a bill that legalizes some medicinal uses, recreation marijuana remains a “Schedule 1” substance, meaning it has significant potential for abuse and no medicinal value when used in this way. Possession of marijuana penalties depend on the amount. Possession of fewer than 100 grams of marijuana is a minor misdemeanor, so it won’t result in a criminal record or jail time, but it does carry a $150 fine. Comparatively, possession of between 200 and 1,000 grams increases the fine up to $2,500 and can result in a year in jail.
As for cultivation, very small amounts are probably legal under the medical marijuana guidelines. Moreover, you can cultivate up to 20 grams for personal use and it’s only a minor misdemeanor. But if you grow and sell more than 20 grams of marijuana, you risk a fine of up to $2,500, a year in jail, or both. The next step – trafficking marijuana – involves preparing the substance for shipment and transporting it. Penalties begin at a year in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.