Roberto ValdiviaGetting caught with as much as 3.5 ounces of marijuana by Cincinnati police won’t result in legal ramifications, Cincinnati City Council decided today.
Council approved one of three dueling ordinances that sought to decriminalize either 100 grams or 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana.
Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, who is running for mayor, introduced with council member Jeff Pastor the 100-gram ordinance council approved today.
The ordinance doesn’t include provisions for expungement for those already convicted of possession of small amounts of marijuana — something several council members called for — but that could be coming eventually.
Smitherman says the ordinance is a matter of fairness, especially for people of color who have been disproportionately cited under both a strict city law in force between 2004 and 2010 and the Ohio Revised Code.