Cincinnati to decriminalize marijuana possession

The City Council in Cincinnati recently voted to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city. This allows individuals to have up to 100 grams without fines or prosecution.

The measure, which passed 5-3, means Cincinnati will join the growing number of states and cities that have either legalized or removed criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The law is scheduled to take effect mid July.

“It is time,” Councilman Greg Landsman stated before voting for the law. “We have for too long put people away for something I believe should be legal.”

He was joined by council members Christopher Smitherman and Jeff Pastor, who sponsored the measure, as well as Chris Seelbach and Wendell Young..

The Mayor John Cranley has expressed that he does not intend to veto a marijuana decriminalization measure, whichever then ultimately becomes law.

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