Other states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, Wisconsin’s stance on the substance remains in line with that of the federal government. According to state law, marijuana classifies as a Schedule I hallucinogenic substance. 

Based on its classification as an illegal substance, the state prohibits the possession and sale or delivery of marijuana. 

How does the state classify schedule I substances? 

In classifying substances as a Schedule I drug, the state considers several factors. Among these includes the actual or relative potential for abuse, the scientific knowledge relating to the substance, the evidence of the substance’s pharmacological effect and the risk the substance poses to the public. Substances classified as a Schedule I drug include those with a high potential for abuse, that lack accepted safety for use with medical supervision and that currently have no accepted medical treatment use in the U.S. 

What are the penalties for possession of marijuana? 

According to NORML.com, people may face misdemeanor or felony charges for possession of marijuana. First offenses involving any amount of marijuana may be charged as misdemeanors. Convictions of misdemeanor marijuana charges may result in up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. Those previously convicted of marijuana-related offenses typically face felony drug charges. The penalties for a conviction of felony marijuana possession include up to three and one-half years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. 

What are the penalties for the sale or delivery of marijuana? 

Those alleged to have sold or delivered marijuana, including possession with the intent to distribute, may face felony charges. The potential penalties people may face if convicted vary based on the amount of the substance that law enforcement alleges they sold or delivered. The possible incarceration terms associated with sale and delivery convictions range from three and one-half years for 200 grams or less of marijuana to 15 years for more than 10,000 grams of marijuana. People convicted of the sale or delivery of marijuana may also be fined between $10,000 and $50,000.