Sen. Melissa Agard on regulation of recreational marijuana

State Sen. Melissa Agard, D-Madison, discusses her bill to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin and regulate the licensing and labeling of products with THC, CBD, other cannabinoids and related terpenes.

By Zac Schultz | Here & Now

November 1, 2023

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Sen. Melissa Agard:
This bill is over 100 pages and it is full of all sorts of protections for our state that don't exist because of prohibition, because we do not have protections and regulations on the books currently. So making sure that the folks that are selling the product are licensed and educated because you hear over and over again from folks that go into the dispensaries that they are leaning on the people that are there for their expertise, they're guiding many of the consumers on what it is that they purchase. Folks come in, they ask questions, and you wanna have an educated person behind the counter. Additionally, it is vitally important that the product itself is labeled with dosages. And right now, THC is one of the things that most people are focusing on. When you talk about back in the day, the ditch weed didn't have the same potency as what it is that we're seeing in the shops. I think in most cases people are talking about THC. But there are many other terpenes associated with this plant. I anticipate, with the federal government changing where it is that this is scheduled potentially, that we're gonna be seeing more researchers and scientists looking at this plant. There's potentially more terpenes that we don't even know about. So we do wanna make sure that people are educated, that there is truth in labeling, and that there is safety for the consumer when they're walking into the shops.

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