For decades, Ohio has remained entrenched in the prohibition of marijuana. But now, the agricultural state may have started a trend when it comes to laws benefiting cannabis users. Last month, Ohio’s Department of Agriculture quietly approved a measure to decriminalize the possession of low levels of cannabis, making it the first state in the nation to do so. The move is seen as a major victory for those who have long argued that marijuana should be treated more like a drug than a criminalized substance. It’s reignited the debate in the United States over the ongoing federal prohibition of marijuana, with many now wondering what it will take for other states to follow Ohio’s lead. Under Ohio’s new law, possession of 200 grams (about seven ounces) or less of marijuana is generally considered a minor misdemeanor and carries no potential jail time. The offense comes with a fine of $150 or the equivalent of 10 hours of community service. This law only applies to Ohio residents, so out-of-state visitors must still abide by the state’s existing laws. The new law could have far-reaching implications for the way marijuana is viewed in the United States. Advocates contend that the new law sends a message to the federal government that marijuana should be treated like any other controlled substance, rather than an illegal drug. They argue that it will lead to more education about the medicinal benefits of marijuana, and could ultimately lead to more states loosening their restrictions on the drug. For now, the new law is only in place in Ohio, but it is certainly sending ripples throughout the nation. The decriminalization of marijuana in Ohio has already sparked widespread interest, and many other states are considering similar reforms. No matter what the outcome of this nationwide conversation, Ohio’s weed win is sure to have lasting implications for the future of marijuana policy in the United States.