Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the US. There have been studies that suggest its use is less harmful than that of alcohol and tobacco, which lend to its abuse. According to the website of Kohler Hart Powell, SC, 44% of all drug related crimes have to do with marijuana. Possessing drug paraphernalia, with or without intent to sell, is always a misdemeanor and has less severe consequences. Possession with intent to sell, or being caught selling the drug, is always a felony and has severe consequences. These cases affect a lot of lives every year, so it is important to be familiar with them and to know how to act.

Paraphernalia is defined as being any equipment, product, or material that can be used to make, use, or conceal drugs. This can include common household items such as plastic bags, spoons, measuring bowls and cups, and envelopes. However, charges are most often made against the possession of bongs. Possession of these items is always a misdemeanor in Wisconsin, but can still carry imprisonment time from 30 days to 9 months and fines from $500 to $10,000.

Selling marijuana, or having the intention to sell, is a serious offense in Wisconsin. The penalties vary based on the amount in possession. Penalties start at possessing 200 grams with a penalty of up to 3.5 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines and go up to possessing more than 10,000 grams with a penalty of up to 15 years imprisonment and up to $50,000 in fines. Even just being accused of intent to sell can lead to your driver’s license being suspended for up to 5 years. The possession of hash is treated identically to the possession of marijuana.

Whether you have been accused of the possession of paraphernalia or with the intent to sell the drug, the consequences can be serious and negatively affect your life and job outlook in the future.