Dayton city officials to discuss details of new marijuana laws after Issue 8 passage

Dayton city officials to discuss details of new marijuana laws after Issue 8 passage

Issue 8: Marijuana on its way to being decriminalized in Dayton

DAYTON — Marijuana is on its way to being decriminalized in the city of Dayton after voters approved the idea by passing Issue 8 Tuesday.

The new ordinance will take away penalties for possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana, including  eliminating fines and potentially jail punishments.

Rountree said she's excited about Dayton decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana after she first suggested changing the city's ordinance a few months ago. She uses marijuana for medical purposes but wanted reassurance people like her wouldn't be penalized, she said.

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“If they got proof of what theyre using it for, then I see no problem with that, but recreational use, no, I dont agree with that,” said one resident.

According to Martin Gehres, assistant city attorney, officials are still working out exactly how the law would be amended, but penalties like fines would be eliminated for minor misdemeanor offenses, which include possession of 100 grams or less of marijuana.

The ordinance will not protect anyone who has more than 100 grams of marijuana, or allow trafficking of the drug.

The city commission plans to approve marijuana decriminalization at a meeting during the first week of January, Whaley said. It will likely be passed as an emergency ordinance, Whaley said, so it would go into effect immediately after it is passed.

The city prosecutor’s office, the Dayton Police Department and the city manager’s office will meet to iron out exact details of the ordinance.

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – After Dayton voters overwhelmingly supported decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, Mayor Nan Whaley says the city will move forward with the proposal in January.

Once finalized, some levels of marijuana possession and usage will become legal in the city and some police procedures could possibly be changed. City planners expect it to be a narrow interpretation for limited usage of pot, but still tightly controlled.

“Staff will present options to commission and city managers. Those conversations are ongoing,” Assistant City Prosecutor Martin Gehres said. 

Though Issue 8 is sparking several high-level conversations, it could be weeks or even months before it’s approved by the city commission. 

Dayton joins a growing list of cities across the country that have decreased or removed the penalties for lower-level marijuana violations, including Toledo, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Detroit, Mich.

Marijuana is on its way to being decriminalized in the city of Dayton after voters approved the idea by passing Issue 8 Tuesday.

"Even if you did have your meds, and there was no explanation as to how you got them, you would not be treated like a criminal," Rountree said.

The new ordinance will take away penalties for possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana, including  eliminating fines and potentially jail punishments.

"As long as it's used sparingly," said Nanne Holmes, who also lives in Dayton. "As long as people don't overindulge."

“If they got proof of what theyre using it for, then I see no problem with that, but recreational use, no, I dont agree with that,” said one resident.


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