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Norwood police decide state, federal law trumps city ordinance on marijuana

Posted at 12:42 AM, Dec 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-15 00:43:22-05

NORWOOD, Ohio — A logic puzzle: Possessing fewer than 200 grams of marijuana is no longer a punishable crime in the city of Norwood, which in November overwhelming passed an ordinance to make it thus.

However, possessing any amount of marijuana is still a very punishable crime in Ohio.

Norwood is in Ohio.

Which law should police enforce?

After a brief period of uncertainty, the Norwood Police Department settled on state law. Officers still issue citations to people found with pot, even in amounts under 200 grams.

“There has to be accountability for violating a law,” Lt. Ron Murphy said Friday night.

Amy Wolfinbarger, the founder of pro-cannabis group Sensible Norwood, said police were disregarding the will of the people.

“As far as the public is concerned, this is just not a crime that they feel needs to be punished anymore,” she said.