Ohio Supreme Court reverses course on cocaine offenses

In a notable decision yesterday, the Ohio Supreme Court reversed its own December 2016 decision about penalties for drug offenses involving cocaine. The Court found that the "offense level for cocaine possession... is determined by the total weight of the drug involved, including any fillers that are part of the usable drug." The Court had previously held that the state had to prove the weight of the actual cocaine, not including fillers.

Access the slip opinion at State v. Gonzales, 2017-Ohio-777. Docket entries are available at 2015-0384 and 2015-0385.