Legislators in cities, municipalities and states across the U.S. have been pushing hard to get proposals for the decriminalization of marijuana on the November ballets. While Wisconsin does not currently have any laws legalizing marijuana for broad medicinal or recreational purposes, as the Huffington Post reported back in April, our state was on track to become one of the first to legalize a marijuana extract known as cannabidiol (CBD). Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law making it legal to use this particular type of medical marijuana solely for the treatment of rare seizure disorders in children. No other bill has passed. Assembly Bill 480 and Senate Bill 363 were written to legalize medical marijuana statewide, however both died when the legislature adjourned in April 2014.
Other municipalities in neighboring states have been pushing hard for the local decriminalization of marijuana. As reported by Michigan Live, two more metropolitan communities have recently been added to the growing list of cities that opted to decriminalize marijuana. While this move is widely touted as a major step towards statewide decriminalization, this does not mean individuals in these cities will be free and clear from facing serious marijuana drug charges. The cultivation, sale, distribution, possession, transportation or use of more than one ounce of marijuana by an individual over the age of 21 is still against the law. In addition, state police still have it within their power to detain and arrest, or issue citations under state law, to those who are found with any amount of marijuana in their possession.
The possession and distribution of marijuana, along with many other illegal drugs, is closely regulated by state and federal law. If you are found to be driving under the influence of marijuana or you have marijuana in your possession, you could be facing jail time and other serious penalties. Here are the types of marijuana drug charges and penalties you could face in Wisconsin:
As it currently stands, there is no statewide legislation pending which would allow for the decriminalization of marijuana for either medicinal purposes or recreational use. This does not mean a proposal will not be on the November ballot. In the meantime, if you are arrested for a drug charge involving marijuana, you are advised to retain counsel from a skilled attorney at Cafferty Law Office, S.C. right away. We can help you assess your current legal situation and determine the course of action that is mostly like to improve your chances of avoiding a criminal conviction. Call us now to get started.