Growing Marijuana in Ohio

February 11, 2021

It may not be legal to smoke weed in Ohio, but did you know that there is no risk of jail time for growing small of amounts of marijuana? Thanks to decriminalization, possession of less than 100 grams is only a misdemeanor with a $150 fine. Even more, this goes for growing too. Cultivation is considered the same as possession. What this law means is, you could grow a very small amount of marijuana in Ohio and only face a small fine. It doesn’t even go on your record.

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Medical Marijuana

Unfortunately, the state does not leave room for home growing- even for patients. Therefore, those choosing marijuana as medicine are at the mercy of what is available to them.

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For medical marijuana patients, it is typically better to be able to manage your results by choosing your own strain and controlling the grow environment. Marijuana comes in many varieties, and not every strain will have the same effect.  Purchasing high –quality medical marijuana seeds that you choose from our store and maintaining an all-natural grow room is the best way to get optimal therapy from your marijuana.

The program covers the following conditions: AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic and severe or intractable pain, Parkinson’s disease, HIV positive status, PTSD, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, or ulcerative colitis.

Ohio fines

Ohio Fines

Weed growing in Ohio is not just optimal for the patient. Anyone who enjoys getting high every once in a while can benefit from the state’s decriminalized weed policy. With a 100-gram limit, anyone can have a decent amount of weed without worrying about getting arrested.  A single plant can easily produce that much with enough to share.

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Speaking of sharing, if you’d like to share some of your harvest, but are concerned about being called a drug dealer, don’t be- the occasional weed share in Ohio is also decriminalized. A gift of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor with a fine of $150 if caught. The problem starts when you have more than 100g in your possession, or you give away more than 200g (which is, unfortunately, easy to do with a single plant). So, if you’re growing and sharing, remember, keep it small and keep it free.

Growing in Ohio

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They may not have legalized it but weed growing in Ohio is a fairly safe practice that has great rewards. With the right preparation, it is easy, affordable and productive. Plus, you don’t even have to leave your home.

FAQ about growing marijuana in Ohio

Is it illegal to possess cannabis in Ohio?

Yes, Those not participating in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program may not legally possess cannabis in Ohio.

What is affirmative defense?

For possessing between 200 to 1,000 grams of cannabis, the Ohio court allows an affirmative defense. The defendant must prove in court that the cannabis was possessed solely for personal consumption.

What the legal status of growing marijuana in Ohio?

Growing marijuana in Ohio is punishable. According to Ohio state law, the penalties for cultivating, manufacturing or growing cannabis are identical to those for possession. These penalties are based on the weight of the product found. 

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  1. By Dubaa ,05 Sep 2016
    I assume if caught with even 1 plant, they confiscate your grow , equipment?!? Dumbass laws in this country!!
  2. By Shannon ,10 Nov 2016
    It's legal now in Ohio for medical use. Goes into effect January 2017
    1. By Roy ILGM ,11 Nov 2016
      Thanks for the update Shannon and James!
  3. By Andrew Steven ,14 Nov 2016
    Could you please tell me how to view my recent order
  4. By A Ed ,07 Nov 2017
    New laws take affect September 18th, 2018. Everything needs to be up and running for vap laws.
  5. By the green guy ,21 Mar 2018
    il tell you ohio is messed up ,but we are looking at quite possibly recreational on the ballot
  6. By marjorie reed ,30 May 2018
    people in ohio cant get pain medicine from a dr if you have marjor surgrey you only get 10 pain pills so why cant ohio help us with chronic pain this stinks
    1. By Jennifer ,27 Jul 2018
      I've had 4 failed back surgeries all while living in ohio and I agree with you 100% My mri is a road map and I can't get the pain medicine I need & I see this just as a way […]Read More
    2. By ChiariWolf ,01 Dec 2018
      The wording in the law in reguards to Chronic Pain are 'Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable'. In my MyCharts health conditions that is listed as Chronic Pain Syndrome. So it is covered so long as your […]Read More
  7. By Kevin Silbaugh ,17 Aug 2018
    all their statutes are phony and don't mean crap. ive beaten 3 traffic ticket misdemeanors, so I'd personally grow as much as I could. #challengejurisdiction Furthermore, they can't prove anything without getting a warrant to search your property, and if […]Read More
  8. By Brohman ,17 Dec 2019
    A survivalist could get away with it and make money off of it. Grow anything that he wants
  9. By Jason Chancellor ,06 Jan 2020
    Look for new laws to take place in 2020
  10. By George ,18 May 2020
    Laws for cannabis in Ohio will never be that good untill it's off schedual 1 and all growers need hordiculture degree or not be med only rec, Ohio decriminalised not it gets tooken and you fined so still punished,not any […]Read More
  11. By Jerry ,08 Jul 2020
    In ohio since growing isn't legal if plant hasn't flowered yet how would they go by weight, or if plant is in veg stage

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