The short answer is “yes.” But please read on. As marijuana laws have softened, most legislatures have lowered penalties for possession of marijuana and/or marijuana paraphernalia. For example, Ohio’s law on the subject classifies either offense as a minor misdemeanor which involves a maximum fine of $150 and does not allow the defendant to be given any jail time. A driver’s license suspension is optional at the Court’s discretion. A driver’s license suspension was previously required, but the law was changed in 2016.
However, many marijuana/paraphernalia cases in Ashland, Ohio are prosecuted under the Municipal Code, which classifies the offenses as Fourth Degree Misdemeanors which are punishable by a maximum fine of $250 and a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, among other potential penalties.
There are numerous nuances to this area of law. This post is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you are facing marijuana charges in Ashland, Ohio you should contact an attorney immediately.