Reduce Penalties for Pot Possession
Second offense possession still a felony in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Justice Initiative spent dozens of hours reviewing Milwaukee County possession of marijuana – second offense files. Certain patterns of enforcement — where arrests are made and the demographics of the arrested and charged — are clear and disturbing. We have relevant details of the first five cases examined posted and will update the chart and map regularly.
The State Public Defender’s office recommended in its 2017-19 budget request that first and second offense marijuana possession cases both be considered municipal ordinance violations rather than crimes. (Currently, simple possession is a misdemeanor for the first offense under state law, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.) That recommendation went exactly nowhere, even though it would save the office about $500,000.
Various bills have been introduced to change the rules on pot possession, but their futures are uncertain, to say the least. But the law clearly, definitely needs to change.
Gretchen Schuldt writes a blog for Wisconsin Justice Initiative, whose mission is “To improve the quality of justice in Wisconsin by educating the public about legal issues and encouraging civic engagement in and debate about the judicial system and its operation.
- State bill would erase city’s move to decriminalize marijuana possession, increase minimum penalty to $100 - Milwaukee Common Council - Nov 18th, 2021
- Bipartisan Bill Changes Pot Possession Penalties - Laurel White - Nov 17th, 2021
- Senator Agard Hosts Virtual Roundtable on Cannabis Legalization - State Sen. Melissa Agard - Oct 18th, 2021
- Medical Professionals Support Legalizing Cannabis - State Sen. Melissa Agard - Aug 30th, 2021
- Should Milwaukee Eliminate Fine for Small Amounts of Marijuana? - Jeramey Jannene - Jun 25th, 2021
- Can We Talk About Marijuana? Democrats Ask - Melanie Conklin - Jun 7th, 2021
- 9 Takeaways on Local Marijuana Laws - Edgar Mendez - Jun 2nd, 2021
- High Time to Support Cannabis Legalization - State Sen. Melissa Agard - May 5th, 2021
- Op Ed: Senate Leader Blocks Marijuana Reform - Iuscely Flores - Apr 27th, 2021
- Cannabis Backers Switch Focus to Local Laws - Isiah Holmes - Apr 26th, 2021
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