A Refresher Course on Wisconsin Marijuana Laws
You don’t have to look far to see marijuana-related news.
Governor Tony Evers recently granted pardons and clemency to 30 individuals who had been incarcerated as a result of marijuana and other drug crimes. Elsewhere at the Capitol, lawmakers have introduced multiple bills that would reduce the penalties associated with possession of cannabis.
Between these developments and the ability to obtain marijuana legally in Illinois, it is easy to forget that marijuana possession is still illegal in Wisconsin and can expose you to harsh criminal penalties and ongoing collateral damage.
Possession of marijuana in Wisconsin remains a misdemeanor that carries penalties of up to six months in jail and a fine as high as $1,000. Some cities have introduced laws that replace possession, but possession of marijuana still entails the risk of a criminal conviction in Wisconsin and having a drug crime on your record.
Charges involving 4 plants or 200g or less are a felony. Having a felony on your record can make it more difficult to get approved for housing or find gainful employment long after you have paid your fines and served your time.
The Bottom Line
If you think marijuana is no big deal currently, think again. Possession or selling marijuana in Wisconsin can result in a lifetime of consequences. The best course of action is to fight all charges aggressively with the help of a proven criminal defense lawyer. Our team at Birdsall Obear & Associates can limit your exposure to criminal penalties and fight to protect your reputation.