Town council in Cleveland, Ohio will think about an ordinance that may eradicate the penalties for possessing reasonable quantities of cannabis. The proposal was launched on Wednesday by Councilman Blaine Griffin of Ward 6.

Below Griffin’s proposal, all fines, penalties, and drug remedy necessities for possessing lower than 200 grams (simply over 7 ounces) of marijuana could be eradicated. The ordinance would additionally eradicate all penalties for making a gift of as much as 20 grams of cannabis besides when within the shut proximity of a college or little one.

Griffin instructed reporters that he launched the measure to scale back the racial bias prevalent within the enforcement of drug legal guidelines and to scale back the collateral results of convictions for minor drug offenses, comparable to disqualification for housing or academic advantages.

“I feel that is the modern-day prohibition. The warfare on medicine to maintain marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug hasn’t labored,” mentioned Griffin. “So subsequently, it’s time for us to reexamine our legal guidelines and take a look at, are we truly out of the loop with what we needs to be doing round marijuana penalties.”

Dr. Leslie Koblentz, who was a psychiatrist within the Cuyahoga County Jail for seven years earlier than she joined the Alcohol Drug Habit and Psychological Well being Companies Board of Cuyahoga County because the Chief Scientific Officer final yr, mentioned that she helps the decriminalization of small quantities of cannabis.

“We’ve got to make priorities,” Koblentz mentioned. “When you’ve learn in regards to the jails, been within the jails, they’re very, very overcrowded. The jail’s not the place for drug remedy. The jail actually is just not the place for psychological healthcare.”

She added that whereas there are dangers related to using cannabis, data and drug rehabilitation are simpler than incarceration.

“We’d like training, we’d like drug remedy, we’d like a sustained program that can assist the individual,” mentioned Koblentz.

Cleveland Following Development in Ohio

If the ordinance passes, Cleveland wouldn’t be the primary main metropolis in Ohio to chop the implications of possessing small quantities of marijuana. Cincinnati did so in June, and earlier this week metropolis leaders in Columbus adopted swimsuit.

Below the ordinance accredited by Columbus Metropolis Council on Monday, possession of as much as 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) of marijuana can be topic to a high quality of as much as $10. These caught possessing between 100 and 200 grams of cannabis will face a high quality of as much as $25. Possession of greater than 200 grams remains to be a felony.

The high quality for possession of marijuana paraphernalia was additionally decreased to $10. The ordinance additionally will increase funding to assist these with earlier convictions for marijuana possession offenses have their felony information sealed.