Marijuana Laws Vary by Jurisdiction
Each state has its own laws pertaining to the penalties and punishments for the possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Some states treat the possession or sale of certain drugs as a less serious offense than others substances, while other states enforce harsh penalties on all offenders.
In some states, cities, and counties,
- The possession of any amount of
marijuanaas a first offense is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Even though conditional discharge is available for first time offenders under certain conditions, a second or subsequent possession charge is a felony offense punishable by up to 3.5 years in a federal prison and a fine of $10,000.
- The possession or sale of paraphernalia is punishable as a misdemeanor charge. Possession of
marijuanaparaphernalia can result in up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. The sale of paraphernalia can result in 90 days and jail and a $1,000 fine, a penalty which can be increased to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine if the sale was made to a minor. For multiple possession charges, fines double.
- In Wisconsin, any possession of
marijuanawith the intent to sell, manufacture, distribute, or deliver will result in a felony charge. Depending on the amount of marijuanain possession, penalties can range from 3.5 to 15 years in federal prison, with a $10,000 to $25,000 fine.
- All convictions also result in a drivers’ license suspension ranging from 6 months to 5 years, and the possession within 1,000 feet of a public park or pool, a school or a school bus, or a youth or community center will add an addition 100 community service hours to the possession sentence.
- Possession within 1,000 feet of a school, school bus, public park, public pool, youth center or community center adds an additional 100 hours of community service to the sentence for possession.
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