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Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, state lawmakers haven’t moved forward on a bill to legalize medical marijuana.
Last month, Republicans introduced a medical marijuana bill, however, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has voiced his opposition, saying there aren’t enough votes to pass it.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said it will continue to operate as normal enforcing state and local laws and ordinances.
“It’s exciting,” Tara said. “Obviously, yesterday was probably insane, but it is part of history.”
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget would have eliminated civil and criminal penalties for possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana and legalized medical marijuana. Republicans stripped those provisions from the budget, saying Evers’ plan was really about decriminalization.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, a Democrat, took to Twitter Wednesday to criticize Wisconsin’s lack of movement on making marijuana legal.
Any changes to Wisconsin’s current marijuana policy appear unlikely, with state lawmakers recently saying they won’t consider a proposal to allow medical use. But that isn’t stopping state residents from going to Illinois to buy legal weed.
On Wednesday, more than $3 million in marijuana was reportedly sold on the first day of legal sales of recreational pot in Illinois.
Illinois began selling legal recreational marijuana Wednesday and plenty of Wisconsin residents have been making the trip across the border to partake.
This state has an active hemp industry or has authorized research. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, and other products. For more information see NORML’s Industrial Use section.
Any compound containing THC is a Schedule I drug. While the definition of marijuana does not include hashish or concentrates, the penalties and offenses associated with marijuana are the same for hashish or concentrates. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.
A first offense for possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months. A second offense is a Class I felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 3.5 years.
The penalty for marijuana possession will vary according to number of convictions, with 100 hours of community service, in addition to the standard penalty for possession within 1,000 ft. of a school, youth center, public park, pool, housing project, jail or drug treatment facility.
Wis. Stat. § 961.55
This state has local jurisdictions that have enacted municipal laws or resolutions either fully or partially decriminalizing minor cannabis possession offenses.
The sale or cultivation of 200 grams or less (4 plants or fewer) is a Class I felony, punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and/or imprisonment for up to 3.5 years.
The sale or cultivation of between 200 and 1,000 grams (5-12 plants) is a felony, punishable by up to $10,000 fine and/ or 6 years in prison.
Marijuana is a Schedule I hallucinogenic substance under the Wisconsin Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
NORML – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine Possession Any amount (first offense) Misdemeanor 6 months $ 1,000 Any