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City Voters Pass Dayton Marijuana Issue 8

The state announced a dozen marijuana-cultivation licenses for locations across Ohio.
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Dayton voters yesterday overwhelmingly voted in favor of decriminalizing minor marijuana and hashish possession.

Dayton voters yesterday overwhelmingly voted in favor of decriminalizing minor marijuana and hashish possession.

Ballot Issue 8 passed with nearly three-quarters of the vote. 

It was an advisory election. Passage opens the door to the possibility of Dayton decriminalizing misdemeanor hashish and marijuana offenses in the future.

Changes could include reducing the financial penalties for possessing up to 100 grams of marijuana, and small quantities of hashish.

Under current law, such offenses carry a fine of $150.

Dayton officials tell WYSO the commission is prepared to examine the implications of changing the city’s drug policy.

The measure would not affect felony possession penalties.