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Wisconsin Pot Laws - Forfeiture to Felony
Wisconsin Pot Laws
Marijuana, or Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), is legal for recreational use in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Marijuana use is also legal in the District of Columbia. Delaware has decriminalized possession of THC where use is punishable by a civil forfeiture. Furthermore, eighteen states have passed Medical Marijuana laws in one form or another. The pendulum is swinging towards legalization throughout the country. Societal attitudes towards Pot and Pot laws are shifting.
Nation wide Marijuana laws are changing. But as of today, it remains illegal on the federal level as well as in Wisconsin. On a local level, the City of Madison has decriminalized casual possession of “not more than twenty-eight (28) grams of cannabis, or one hundred and twelve (112) grams of marijuana.” Madison, WI Ordinance 23.20 Regulations Concerning Marijuana and Cannabis.
But the fact of the matter is that until the State of Wisconsin and the Federal government change their marijuana laws it is still illegal. Police may, and likely will, charge you on a state or federal level if you are caught possessing THC, even in the City of Madison. Possession of THC is still a common drug crime. You will face serious penalties if convicted.
Penalties for Marijuana Convictions in Wisconsin
Possession of THC
The penalty for a first offense possession of marijuana conviction is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $1000 or imprisonment of up to six months or both. A second or subsequent offense of violating marijuana laws becomes a felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 or 3.5 years imprisonment or both.
Individuals facing a first offense may take advantage of conditional release. Wisconsin allows conditional release or a diversion sentence for individuals facing their first offense. An individual may opt for probation, and then upon successful completion of probation, the charges are dismissed.