Possession of Marijuana in Ohio


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The Maher Law Firm | Columbus Possession of Marijuana Attorney

You may be thinking that possession of marijuana is a minor offense. Depending on the amount possessed, that can be true. The problem with even this minor offense is the 6 month to 5 year driver’s license suspension, the reporting to professional licensing authorities if you are a professionally licensed person, and trouble obtaining school loans. It is wise to contact an experienced drug crime attorney to find out what you need to know about a possession of marijuana conviction.


General Penalties for Possession of Marijuana in Ohio

Possession of marijuana under 100 grams is a minor misdemeanor with the possible penalties of $150 fine, court costs, community service, driver’s license suspension, and reporting to professional licensing authorities. Possession of any amount equal to or exceeding 100 grams increases the level of the offense. The amount of marijuana and the corresponding offense levels are as follows:

  • Equals or exceeds 100 grams but less than 200 grams, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree (up to 30 days jail, $250 fine)
  • Equals or exceeds 200 grams but less than 1000 grams, a felony of the fifth degree (up to 12 months in jail, $2500 fine)
  • Equals or exceeds 1000 grams but less than 5000 grams, a felony of the third degree (up to 3 years in jail, $10,000 fine)
  • Equals or exceeds 5000 grams but less than 20,000 grams, a felony of the third degree (up to 3 years in jail, $10,000 fine)
  • Equals or exceeds 20,000 grams but less than 40,000 grams, a felony of the second degree (up to 8 years in prison mandatory, $15,000 fine)
  • Equals or exceeds 40,000 grams, a felony of the second degree (8 years in prison mandatory, $15,000 fine)

If you have been charged with possession of marijuana, you have more at risk than you know. Call attorney Colin Maher from The Maher Law Firm at 614-205-2208 to discuss your case.