The Decriminalization of Marijuana by local governments was a very bad decision. In fact, very little thought went into it.
Take for example Norwood Ohio, this small city just passed the Decriminalization of Marijuana. If found with 200 grams and under the city will no longer charge you with a crime and there will be no fine. Sounds great until you read the fine print. Now the new law in Norwood is very similar to what other cities have already done or are planning on doing.
This is where it gets crazy.
It’s still illegal to buy or sell Marijuana in these cities.
City Police Departments have said they are not going to abide by the new law. They took an oath to enforce the laws. This includes local city laws and State laws. If they catch someone with Marijuana they will be charged using State law. They will take the Marijuana and charge you, depending on the amount of Marijuana will determine the fine and possible jail time.
By using State law the city will no longer receive the fine payouts. The County will receive the payouts. However, the costs associated with enforcement are absorbed by the city.