Sen. Mary Felzkowski on regulating medical marijuana sales

State Sen. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, discusses the legalization of recreational cannabis in other states and her intent to establish a regulatory framework in Wisconsin for legal medical THC products.

By Zac Schultz | Here & Now

October 31, 2023

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Sen. Mary Felzkowski:
So in all honesty, I think Michigan did this all wrong, and I think they're very much catching up on the regulatory side. So Michigan allows a ballot initiative. So it goes on the ballot, you know, it goes on the ballot box. And so on November 5th, marijuana's illegal in the state of Michigan and on November 6th, it's legal. There's no regulatory framework, there's no setup, nothing. And as I have talked to my colleagues in states where marijuana has become legal through the ballot initiative, they've all struggled with this. And to say it's been a nightmare is an accurate statement. We are going at it with a very strong regulatory framework. And the packaging, the labeling, the testing, all of that is very stringent and very controlled. And I think that we will alleviate a lot of that by doing it in this direction. The other thing I always want to encourage, right now marijuana's coming into this state. Legally people are crossing the border, and illegally. My largest concern with the illegal is the not regulated, no known amounts of THC, and then we can all, you know, we all know what's happening in the fentanyl market. So to me it makes more sense to put in a strong regulatory framework. We have a strong regulatory framework with alcohol. Some people like it, some people hate it. But if we can have that regulatory framework, have the processing, have the testing, know, you know, the levels of strength of the THC, I think we win all day long on that.

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