PotLocal is an effort to change local marijuana laws where change is needed in Ohio.
Granville resident Dennis Cauchon, a former national reporter at USA TODAY and current editor of The Clemency Report, started this web site on January 1, 2015, after getting his hometown to decriminalize marijuana in December and to end (non-driving) license suspensions for marijuana.
PotLocal is a resource, not an organization. It’s designed to support, encourage and coordinate common-sense local reform throughout Ohio. PotLocal does not seek financial contributions.
PotLocal wants every municipality to:
- end license suspensions.
- support record expungements.
- implement other common sense reforms.
PotLocal’s goals are supported by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the Marijuana Policy Project and other reform groups.
What about legalization?
The Ohio Constitution does not permit cities or villages to legalize marijuana locally for medical or recreational purposes. However, Constitutional home rule authority does permit municipalities to reduce penalties for up to 100 grams of marijuana (3.5 ounces) as they see fit.
Why is this important? Most marijuana enforcement in Ohio is local — local police using local laws.
Most of Ohio’s 100,000+ annual license suspensions for pot possession can be ended immediately with local reform. And no Ohio resident need be given a criminal record for pot possession or paraphernalia, something that’s happening every day in local law (contrary to state law).
In Ohio, marijuana reform starts locally and grows from grassroots to the statewide level.
Please join the effort. Contact us and we’ll tell you what you can do to make your community a better place.