(Beaver Dam) With neighboring states legalizing marijuana, the Beaver Dam Police Department is reminding citizens that the drug is still illegal in Wisconsin. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson discussed the matter during a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment. He says even if a person purchases the drug legally from another state, they cannot possess the drug within the borders of Wisconsin.
Johnson says if a person is caught with the drug, fines can vary depending upon the number of prior offenses. He says a first offense involving a cooperative suspect will likely end with a citation or a ticket which could cost around $13-hundred dollars. Second offenses can double the ticket amount and, depending on police discretion and how much of the drug a suspect is possessing, can lead to a misdemeanor or a felony charge. He says charges can increase in severity if a person is growing marijuana or they intend to sell it.
Johnson says if a person from Wisconsin wants to buy marijuana in Illinois or Michigan do so legally and if they want state law to change, he recommends writing your state representative