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Caught growing marijuana? Defend your rights

Drug cultivation is a serious crime in Wisconsin. In fact, every level of cultivation, ranging from growing only four marijuana plants to over 200, results in felony charges.

Although many states have made cultivating marijuana legal for personal use, Wisconsin has not yet done so. If you're caught growing marijuana in any amount, you may face serious penalties.

What happens if you have only one or two plants?

Wisconsin's laws are straightforward. If you grow four or fewer plants, you face a felony charge and up to 3.5 years in prison. The maximum fine is $10,000. Comparatively, those caught growing 200 or more plants also face a felony and up to 15 years in prison. The fine for growing 200 or more plants is a maximum of $50,000.

While many states have been decriminalizing the use of marijuana, growing it is completely different. The government does not look kindly on those who grow the drug, even if it's for their own personal use.

One catch, though, is that marijuana does have a potential to grow on its own. Can the prosecution prove that you planted and took care of it? There are instances in which this plant, which is not native to Wisconsin but could potentially seed there, has grown on its own. In those cases, homeowners or individuals shouldn't face legal action; intending to grow the drug is different from it cropping up naturally.

If you face charges for cultivating marijuana, it's a good idea to speak with someone familiar with the ever-changing marijuana laws in Wisconsin. A good defense can make a difference in your case.

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