Don't mistake Wisconsin as a marijuana-friendly state

Many people are anxiously awaiting new additions to the list of states that are decriminalizing marijuana. Wisconsin is not one of the states that has done this yet. In fact, this state still has some fairly harsh penalties when it comes to marijuana-related charges.

Wisconsin still views marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which is how the substance is viewed by the federal law. This is one reason why the laws against it are so harsh. You face incarceration and fines on all convictions related to marijuana. Here are some of the penalties.

Possession charges

An initial charge for possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor that carries up to six months in jail. On charges that occur after the first conviction, the charge is upgraded to a Class I felony. This charge is associated with up to three years and six months in prison.

Sale of marijuana charges

All charges related to the sale of marijuana are felony charges. The exact felony classification is determined by the amount of the drug you are said to have sold. Other enhancements, such as selling near a school can lead to harsher penalties.

  • Class I felony: 200 grams or less or four plants: up to three years and six months in prison
  • Class H felony: 200 grams to 1 kilogram or 4 to 20 plants: up to six years in prison
  • Class G felony: 1 to 2.5 kilograms or 20 to 50 plants: up to 10 years in prison
  • Class F felony: 2.5 to 10 kilograms: up to 12 years and six months in prison
  • Class E felony: more than 10 kilograms: up to 15 years in prison

Wisconsin doesn't have special laws for trafficking of marijuana. Instead, the state will use the appropriate sale of marijuana charge.

Drug Treatment Court in Milwaukee

People who are facing marijuana charges without any violent charges might be eligible to participate in the Drug Treatment Court. This program is meant to help drug addicts address the addiction while remaining under the supervision of the court. This is an effective strategy that has been shown the reduce recidivism or the return of offenders into the criminal justice system after a previous conviction.

If you are facing drug charges in Milwaukee, you need to get to work on a defense right away. Waiting until the last minute won't allow you time to explore all of the options available. This could mean that you miss something vital that could help you, so get started right away.

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