Ohio Lawyer Common Dave Yost announced on Tuesday a quit-gap measure to assistance regional law enforcement prosecute felony marijuana possession instances.
Yost’s move comes just after numerous 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 in between marijuana and hemp.
Below Ohio law, hemp is categorized as cannabis containing no far more than .three% of the psychoactive element THC. Mainly because of that distinct definition, marijuana can no longer be identified by microscope and chemical colour testing, and as an alternative demands quantitative evaluation.
“One of the regional news organizations place a headline on a story that mentioned, ‘Did the Common Assembly accidentally legalize marijuana?’” Yost says.
The answer, Yost says, is no.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation hopes to have the technologies to test marijuana by the finish of the year. But in the meantime, the Lawyer General’s workplace is assisting agencies with instances that involve felony-weight marijuana that would carry a prison term.
“They can contact 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.
Yost says BCI has devoted $50,000 to the work. Funding for BCI’s testing instruments came from the legislature, which set aside income in the hemp legalization bill, HB 166.
“We are hoping by the finish of the year, we are in a position to do these tests like we do all other drug tests in-residence, and without the need of price to regional law enforcement agencies,” he says.
Despite the fact that Columbus and other cities have considerably decreased 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.