California’s Proposition 64 legalizes, among other things, the possession and purchase of up to an ounce of marijuana. Since the passage of the measure, people who were convicted of marijuana crimes eliminated under Prop 64 are allowed to petition the courts to have their records expunged. In addition, people convicted of marijuana possession exceeding the now allowable amount may request to have a felony reduced to a misdemeanor.
Because many residents are still unaware of the process, just yesterday, the city of San Francisco announced it will review, recall and resentence marijuana convictions dating all the way back to 1975. Nearly 5000 felony and 3000 misdemeanor convictions will be dismissed and sealed.
Juxtapose what’s happening in California with Wisconsin and it’s night and day. Although Wisconsin legalized limited possession and use of medical marijuana in 2014, possession of recreational marijuana is still illegal and is punishable by fines and imprisonment. Also keep in mind that despite some state marijuana laws permitting the use and sale of marijuana, on the federal level, the possession and sale of marijuana is illegal also.
Arrested For Marijuana Possession?
Contact an Experienced Wisconsin Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney For Help
It can be confusing to keep track of which laws apply where, and perhaps think of marijuana possession as no big deal, but make no mistake that marijuana possession is still a crime in Wisconsin and a marijuana conviction on your record could have life long consequences such as finding future employment. If you are arrested for marijuana possession or any other drug crimes in Wisconsin, it is important to get experienced drug crime defense counsel right away. If you need assistance, contact the Wisconsin criminal defense law offices of Andrew C. Ladd at 262-542-3900.