City Council Decriminalizes Marijuana in Cincinnati


( Cincinnati, OH ) - Cincinnati City Council has passed an ordinance that decriminalizes the possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana within city limits.

Council passed the ordinance 5-3. David Mann, Tamaya Dennard, and Amy Murray voted no on the issue. P.G. Sittenfeld was not in attendance during today's vote.

Mann voted no, because the measure does not include an age requirement. Dennard wanted expungement of past convictions included, but that can only be determined in court.

The ordinance does eliminate fines and jail time for anyone caught with 100 grams of pot or less. It also outlaws the use of marijuana in public.

Vice Mayor Chris Smitherman, who co-sponsored the ordinance, calls it very progressive legislation that will free citizens from over-criminalization of marijuana.

The ordinance w go into effect in 30 days.

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