Although the use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes is legal in the states such as Oregon, Washington, Colorado and California, on Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department warned that the federal law banning its use and sale “remains in effect”.
When states first started legalizing marijuana, the Justice Department under the previous White House administration issued a memo stating that while it “would continue to enforce federal drug laws, it would not prioritize marijuana enforcement in pot-legal states with robust regulatory regimes.”
However, under the current administration, that position is now under review citing evidence that marijuana is more harmful than anticipated and that regulating it has proven difficult. The Justice Department is “now looking at states that have decriminalized marijuana” and may not turn a blind eye moving forward.
The fact that some states have legalized marijuana for either medicinal use or recreational use or both, has resulted in a lopsided application of justice across the nation. The expression “wrong place, wrong time” resonates with convicted offenders in states that still consider marijuana taboo when considering the same offense may be legal in many parts of the U.S.
Such is the case in Wisconsin, where the recreational use of marijuana remains illegal, so someone in possession of or selling marijuana may be subject to serious consequences that might include incarceration, fines, seizure of property and the establishment of a criminal record.
First time possession of your run of the mill marijuana in amounts many users carry for personal use may be charged as a misdemeanor in Wisconsin resulting in up to 6 months in jail and a maximum $1000 fine. Hop over the state line into Illinois and the same offense will likely get a slap on the wrist in comparison.
Subsequent offenses for possession of marijuana in Wisconsin escalate to a felony, which may result in imprisonment and extraordinary fines. Look to the handful of states that have legalized the use of recreational marijuana and the same offense may go unpunished.
If You Are Arrested for Possession or Sale of Marijuana in Wisconsin
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Despite the fact that many states have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes it is still illegal at the federal level and in many states such as Wisconsin, which have either strict limits or prohibit the use of marijuana outright. If you or a family member have been charged with the possession or sale of marijuana in Wisconsin it is crucial to get the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight against the charges you face. Contact Waukesha, Wisconsin drug crimes lawyer Andrew C. Ladd for immediate assistance at 262-542-3900.