In 2014, a CBD-centered law was enacted but it fails to provide an in-state source for cannabis extracts. This year, a comprehensive medical marijuana bill was put on the ballot for 2016 and would cover most serious conditions along with a system for cultivation, production, and distribution. Some degree of decriminalization treats minor marijuana offenses as traffic violations.
On November 3rd, voters said no to the contentious Issue 3, sponsored by Responsible Ohio, which would have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. But a monopoly was at play (sorry, Nick Lachey!). Decriminalization is in effect with possession of up to 3.5oz treated as a minor misdemeanor with no threat of jail time.
A number of marijuana-policy reform bills across all issues were introduced this year, and all failed. But it’s barely decriminalized. In 2014, lawmakers lessened penalties for those possessing up to 10g of marijuana, but that doesn’t begin until 2017.