Voters in Toledo, the fourth most populous city in Ohio, have voted to legalize the possession of over seven ounces of cannabis, while reducing penalties for larger possession offenses.
During a vote on Tuesday, September 15th, voters in Toledo gave approval to the Sensible Marijuana Ordinance with a 70% to 30% vote. The measure removes all criminal penalties for the possession of up to 200 grams of cannabis, while also prohibiting asset forfeitures and driver’s license suspensions for cannabis violations.
“This is certainly a historic moment in the state and even in the country”, says Sean Nestor who led the successful legalization campaign. “We do expect there to be challenges and we are prepared to meet them with the full political and legal force we can muster.”
Nestor adds that; “I do think what we have is pretty potent as far as protecting cannabis users. We feel this is important even on a national scale.”
The proposal was supported by the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the National Organization of Women Representatives.
The exact final vote was 11,261 (70.13%) YES, to 4,797 (29.87%) NO.
The full text of the new law can be found by clicking here.