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City’s Pot Cases Down 17% Last Year

Milwaukee Municipal Court sees decline in marijuana cases in 2018.

By , Wisconsin Justice Initiative - Jan 28th, 2019 11:11 am
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Marijuana plant. Photo by Jennifer Martin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Marijuana plant. Photo by Jennifer Martin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

The number of possession of marijuana cases filed in Milwaukee Municipal Court fell 17 percent from 2017 to 2018, court records show.

There were a total of 994 adult and juvenile possession of marijuana charges opened in 2017 and 824 in 2018, according to the figures. That is a year-to-year decline of 170 cases.

The caseload reflects police activity, but is not a total count of arrests, as some cases may get dismissed before they get to court.

In November, 75 percent of City of Milwaukee voters supported legalization of recreational marijuana. Some 52 cases were filed that month. In December, however, 134 cases were filed, the most since November, 2017.

2018 Milwaukee Muni Court marijuana cases

2018 Milwaukee Muni Court marijuana cases

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.

2 thoughts on “Court Watch: City’s Pot Cases Down 17% Last Year”

  1. Paul Mozina says:

    Thanks for reporting this data Gretchen.

    Where/How did you get access to Juvenile records?

  2. gschuldt1 says:

    Hi, Paul – I got the juvenile numbers from Municipal Court. Just the numbers and the charge. No case files or anything like that.

    G

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