Ohio Lawyer Basic Dave Yost announced on Tuesday a cease-gap measure to enable regional law enforcement prosecute felony marijuana possession situations.
Yost’s move comes soon after several law enforcement agencies announced they would no longer be in a position to pursue marijuana possession charges in the wake of a new law legalizing hemp and CBD oil. Cities like Columbus final week mentioned they never have the gear to differentiate among hemp and marijuana.
“One of the regional news organizations place a headline on a story that mentioned, ‘Did the Basic Assembly accidentally legalize marijuana?’” Yost says.
The answer, Yost says, is no.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation hopes to have the tech by the finish of the year. But in the meantime, the Lawyer General’s workplace is assisting agencies with situations that involve felony-weight marijuana that would carry a prison term. He says BCI has devoted $50,000 to the work.
“They can get in touch with our workplace and we will approve the case to go to a private lab and we will reimburse for the price of that test,” Yost says.
Even though Columbus and other cities have considerably lowered penalties for misdemeanor marijuana possession, state penalties stay at $100 for possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana, and $250 and up to 30 days in jail for possession of up to 200 grams.