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Update: City Council passes major reform on marijuana possession

Update: City Council passes major reform on marijuana possession

Mike Thomas

Update: Smoke ’em if you got ’em: Columbus city council passed sweeping marijuana reform laws last night, essentially decriminalizing possession of up to 200 grams.

Under the new law, the fine for possessing less than 100 grams of marijuana has been reduced to just $10, and $25 for between 100 and 200 grams. Penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia have also been done away with.

The new guidelines will go into effect in 30 days.


07/17/2019: It’s not easy being green, but if Columbus City Council has its way, it might get a lot easier to hold some green.


On Monday, July 22, the council will vote on legislation that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city.

If the measure is passed, those caught with up to 100 grams of cannabis would face just a $10 fine, with amounts between 100 and 200 grams earning a $25 penalty.

The council’s proposed measure would also contradict penalties enforced at the state level, meaning possession of up to 200 grams would no longer carry the threat of jail time.

A public hearing is planned this Thursday before the possibility of this new legislation getting the green light next week.


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