Neighboring States Offer Warning About Recreational Marijuana

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  Illinois is three weeks away from the legalization of recreational marijuana.

And while out-of-state residents are allowed to purchase cannabis from licensed vendors, the substance remains outlawed in neighboring states.

"These people are going to be subject to Wisconsin laws because our laws have not legalized marijuana. They're going to be enforced just the same as they have in the past," said Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. John Wolfe.

Wolfe said patrol officers will continue to enforce state law and keep an eye out for drugs that would impair a driver.

"We do highway criminal interdiction where we look for people that are possessing or transporting illegal drugs for use or sale in the state or through the state," Wolfe explained. 

Wisconsin law states that any person possessing marijuana can face 6 months to three-and-a-half years in prison, and delivering marijuana carries a felony charge of three-and-a-half to 15 years in prison.