Wisconsin college student arrested in school’s largest drug bust

A college student in Wisconsin was recently arrested on charges for possessing marijuana, marijuana treats and other controlled substances.

According to CBS Minnesota, a college student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout is facing charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and maintaining a drug house. Law enforcement officials who arrived at the student's off-campus apartment found over $5,000 in cash, marijuana-based candy, more than six pounds of marijuana and other controlled substances. The student who faces these drug possession charges is believed to be responsible for the largest drug bust in the school's history.

Drug classifications and categories

The Wisconsin Legislative Council states that controlled substances, like marijuana, are divided into five separate categories, which include the following:

  • Schedule I-these substances have a high potential for abuse and currently are associated with no acceptable use for medical purposes.
  • Schedule II-these substances also have a high potential for abuse, have an acceptable medical use and are associated with a high risk for physical and psychological dependence.
  • Schedule III-although these substances have a high potential for abuse, use of substances in this category is associated with a low or moderate risk of dependence on a psychological and physical level.
  • Schedule IV-Relative to the substances under schedule I, II and II, schedule IV substances have a low potential for abuse and may lead to limited dependence.
  • Schedule V-these substances have a low potential for abuse, are associated with an acceptable form of medical treatment and are unlikely to result in psychological or physical dependence.

According to the WLC, THC, or the hallucinogenic contained in marijuana, is considered a Schedule I substance.

Penalties vary

Penalties for the possession of marijuana and other controlled substances depend on the type of drug possessed, manufactured or delivered, and the amount. For example, the WLC states that a person who is caught with less than four marijuana plants or 200 grams or less of THC may be found guilty of a Class I Felony. Those who face charges for this offense may be required to pay a fine that does not exceed $10,000, spend up to three years and 18 months in prison or both.

In comparison, a person who is found possessing more than 200 plants containing THC or more than 10,000 grams of this substance could be required to pay a fine that does not exceed $50,000 and spend up to 15 years in prison.

Consequences are not limited to fines and prison time

In addition to penalties that require the payment of a fine and time in prison, those who face drug charges may also have a difficult time finding a job, securing loans or obtaining financial aid for secondary education. If you are facing charges for possession, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, speak with an attorney to find out what your legal rights are.

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