As more states loosen or remove restrictions on marijuana use, it is easy to lose sight of the seriousness of marijuana offenses in Wisconsin. A first offense of marijuana possession can result in a fine of $1,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.
The “good intentions” do not matter. The reality of these laws and other collateral consequences is that they do far more harm than good.
For five decades, the War on Drugs failed. It did not decrease overdose deaths and it increased mass incarceration. The current administration continues to criminalize drugs. We need a new solution. In the meantime, it is crucial to have a fierce defense if you are charged with a drug-related offense.
The latest proposal out of the Wisconsin Capitol would not legalize marijuana. It would make certain quantities non-criminal, or a misdemeanor instead of a felony.