Legal status of marijuana in the state of ohio

Legal status of marijuana in the state of ohio
Adam Parsons

Find out about the legal status of medical and recreational marijuana in the state of Ohio. Is marijuana illegal? Better safe than sorry!


Ohio's medical marijuana program was approved in the end of 2016 and is supposed to be up and running in the end of 2018 and medical marijuana will be legal for patients with a prescription from a licensed physician in.

The qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Ohio include:

  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV-positive status
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe and/or intractable pain
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spinal cord injury or disease
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis


Although possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use is partly decriminalized, the cultivation, sale, and possession of cannabis for recreational purposes are illegal in Ohio.

Getting caught with up to 100 grams (3,5 oz) of cannabis is treated as a minor misdemeanor and will get you only a fine of up to $150.

Getting caught with between 100-200 grams is still a misdemeanor, but might land you in jail for up to 30 days and get you a fine of up to $250.

More than 200 grams is considered a felony and penalties start of with up to a year in jail and fines starting from $2,500.

Other than the medical marijuana plan that is supposed to be up and running in 2018, we are not aware of any possible law changes in the (near) future in Ohio regarding medical and/or recreational cannabis.

Adam Parsons
Adam Parsons

As a professional cannabis journalist, author, and copywriter, Adam has been writing about all things psychoactive, CBD, and everything in between for a long time. In an ever-changing market, Adam uses his BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism degree to keep in stride with contemporary research and contributing worthwhile information to all of his projects.