Terese J. Singer

Harvesting Marijuana Could Come With Stiff Penalties

The approach of autumn means one thing for Wisconsin farmers - harvest season. For most farmers this means picking corn or soy beans, for others it means harvesting marijuana.

Following two busts of large-scale marijuana grow operations in the last two years, it appears that Wisconsin law enforcement officers are keeping a close watch on possible marijuana grow operations. Both busts involved the seizure of tens-of-thousands of marijuana plants - with street values in the millions of dollars - grown in remote corners of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Northern Wisconsin.

Penalties for Growing Marijuana

A person, however, does not need to be a large-scale grower of marijuana to face stiff penalties in Wisconsin. Marijuana farmers who are accused of the manufacture or distribution of marijuana face progressively harsher penalties, including:

  • Less than 200 grams (1-4 plants) - Class I felony - up to 3.5 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 fine
  • 200 to 1,000 grams (5-20 plants) - Class H felony - up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 fine
  • 1,000 to 2,500 grams (21-50 plants) - Class G felony - up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 fine
  • 2,500 to 10,000 grams (51-200 plants) - Class F felony - up to 12.5 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 fine
  • 10,000 grams or more (200 or more plants) - Class E felony - up to 15 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 fine

If law enforcement officials accuse you of harvesting marijuana this season, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can protect your rights and help you resolve your situation.

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