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Legalization vs Decriminalization: What’s the Difference?


There has been quite a bit of controversy over the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana in the United States. In Wisconsin, marijuana is still illegal for both medicinal and recreational use, but we hope that will change soon.


It’s extremely important to know the difference between decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. While some states may have decriminalized marijuana to some extent, it may still be illegal.


Many times, people will use these terms interchangeably, but they are actually very different. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis in America.


The Decriminalization of Cannabis

Decriminalizing marijuana simply means that someone who is found under possession or using cannabis will need to pay a fine rather than serve a jail sentence. Also, the charge does not carry onto a criminal record.


In some states, as mentioned, cannabis is still illegal but decriminalized. Decriminalization is often the first step toward progress and legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use.


The Legalization of Cannabis

If cannabis is legalized, it means that a person can use and possess it according to limitations set by the state government. There may be limits for purchase and possession amounts, but the drug is legal for use.


Medical marijuana does not count as full legalization of cannabis. States like Colorado, Virginia, and California have fully legalized cannabis for recreational use, while others like Wisconsin lag behind.


Get Ready for Medical Marijuana in Wisconsin

Although medical marijuana is not yet legal in the State of Wisconsin, it will be soon! We are hopeful that progress will be made this upcoming session. In the meantime, contact your lawmakers and let them know you want medical cannabis in Wisconsin to help the process along!


Marijuana is a natural alternative medicine that has been in use for thousands of years for a variety of medical conditions and their symptoms. If you think you could benefit from medical cannabis, there is a good chance you will qualify for your medical card.


You should be ready for medical marijuana to come to Wisconsin. In order to do this, you can reserve an appointment with us today and we will schedule an appointment for you just as soon as the state’s medical program becomes operational.


You’ll meet with your new doctor virtually, using your smartphone, tablet, or computer for a telemedicine appointment. Together you’ll discuss your conditions, whether you qualify for a Wisconsin Marijuana Card, and what medical marijuana might be able to do for you, all without even leaving your home! And you’ll even save $25 off the cost of your evaluation!


In the meantime, check back to our blogs and subscribe to our newsletter for updates on Wisconsin’s program! It is so important to stay informed on this issue if you are hoping to get your medical card as soon as possible.


The wait is almost over! We hope to see you soon!


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