Marijuana in Wisconsin: An illegal drug

Even though marijuana is legal in many places across the United States, it is not yet legal in Wisconsin. In some states, marijuana possession is decriminalized. In others, it’s legal for recreational use. In still others, those with medical needs have access.

Wisconsin falls into the states with legal medical marijuana but no legal right to recreational use. The state passed its medical marijuana law in 2014, but it’s extremely limited. Based on the law, individuals may only use cannabidiol if it has no psychoactive effects. It is only allowed to treat patients with seizure disorders.

If you’re caught with marijuana and do not have a seizure disorder or medical marijuana card, you can face up to six months in jail for possession and may receive a misdemeanor. You can be fined up to $1,000. It’s a felony if you’re caught a second time with the drug.

Selling marijuana is even worse, leading to a felony on the first conviction regardless of the amount. If you possess 200 grams up to 2 kilograms of the drug, then you’ll face a class H felony. These felonies are just two possibilities; remember, as the amount you have in your possession increases, you’ll face harsher penalties under the state laws.

Federally, marijuana is still illegal as well, which means that you could face state and federal charges for possession or sale. In most cases, you’ll only have to worry about state laws, but it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney if you are told the government is taking a role in your case.

Source: FindLaw, “Wisconsin Marijuana Laws,” accessed May 24, 2018