Weed out the confusion: A Wisconsinite's guide to THC laws

Marijuana in Wisconsin

Just a stone's throw across the river, our Minnesotan neighbors are now freely enjoying their marijuana, while here in Wisconsin, the grass is definitely not greener when it comes to cannabis laws. So, let's break down what’s legal, what could get you into hot water, and why you might want to keep a lawyer on speed dial!

THC and CBD laws are clear cut

If you’re dreaming of green pastures, wake up! Both recreational and medical marijuana are a no-go. Even holding a tiny bit could lead to a chat with the police, a misdemeanor charge, and possibly a $1,000 parting gift in fines for first-timers.

The chill cousin of THC, CBD is legal as long as it sticks to the straight and narrow with no more than 0.3% THC. It’s the go-to for those looking for relief without the high.

The Delta-8 debate

Delta-8 THC is where it gets interesting. Legal and derived from hemp, Delta-8 THC is like the diet version of Delta-9 (the stuff in regular marijuana that gets you high). But watch out — those Delta-8 gummies aren’t just candy. Over time, they might just morph into something a bit more potent, potentially tickling the Delta-9 threshold and giving you an unexpected buzz.

Delta-8 products can be sneaky. They might start off as perfectly legal, but like a fine wine, they can change over time. If Delta-8 sits too long, it could turn into Delta-9, and suddenly those gummies aren’t so innocent anymore. Always check the labels and perhaps avoid stocking up for a nuclear winter.

Penalties for playing with pot

Wisconsin's penalties for marijuana-related offenses are severe.

  • Possession: A casual encounter with Mary Jane could land you a not-so-casual penalty of up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine for the first offense.
  • Sale and Cultivation: Thinking of going big? Think again. The penalties jump significantly with potential years behind bars and fines that could break the bank depending on how green your thumb is.
Why you might want a lawyer on speed dial

Navigating the murky waters of THC laws can be as tricky. Whether you're dealing in Delta-8 or just caught in a cannabis conundrum, having a lawyer can help you make sense of the legal jargon and keep your record as clean as your grandma’s kitchen floor.

So, while you can't partake as freely as your pals across the river, being informed and cautious will help you steer clear of trouble and enjoy what is legally available. And remember, when in doubt, it’s always safer to consult the experts to untangle those complicated laws.

david pierce, la crosse criminal defense attorneyBy David Pierce, La Crosse Criminal Defense Attorney at Johns, Flaherty & Collins. For criminal defense questions or representation, contact him at (608) 784-5678.


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