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Is marijuana legal in Wisconsin?

With marijuana reform sweeping the nation, you may be wondering if Wisconsin is on board before you try to obtain the substance. Many states have allowed the use of medical marijuana, with a few also permitting recreational use for adults. Currently, Wisconsin has not done either, though things may change in the future.

Knowing the present state laws regarding cannabis can help you prevent getting into legal trouble while in school. 

Medical use

Marijuana for pain management purposes is not legal in Wisconsin. Only small amounts of CBD, which does not produce psychoactive side effects, are permissible for treating seizure disorders and other medical conditions. Patients must have certification from their physicians to use this modified form of the substance. However, production and distribution of CBD is still illegal. Some state representatives have introduced bills to change these laws.

Recreational use

Using marijuana may be a common activity among your peers, but before you join in, understand the legal risks. Even minor possession of cannabis is a misdemeanor that comes with a maximum jail time of six months and a fine of $1,000. A subsequent conviction would bring the penalties to a felony level.

State representatives are trying to decriminalize possession, especially as it can affect certain demographics more than others, but the law has not changed yet, so it is best to follow it as it is now. Milwaukee citizens will have the chance to vote on the matter this year, reports the Journal Sentinel.

Take it seriously

Although there is less social stigma around marijuana, it is still serious in the eyes of law, as expressed in the consequences. Drug charges can negatively impact scholarships, financial aid and participation in sports and other activities; you may even face suspension or expulsion from your college. A criminal record can make it harder to find employment. A strong legal defense is necessary to eliminate or reduce charges so you face fewer consequences. 

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