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Illinois dispensaries respond to Wisconsin governor’s proposal to legalize recreational marijuana

Cresco Labs spokesperson says it makes sense for more states to turn to recreational marijuana...
Cresco Labs spokesperson says it makes sense for more states to turn to recreational marijuana for tax revenue.(wifr)
Published: Feb. 7, 2021 at 8:50 PM CST
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MADISON, Wisc. (WIFR) - Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers proposes legalizing recreational marijuana as part of his upcoming biennial budget plan.

Evers compared the suggested regulations to those here in Illinois. Under the proposal, Wisconsin residents must be 21 or older to purchase marijuana and only possess up to two ounces and six plants for personal use. Those who don’t live in Wisconsin would not be able to possess more than a quarter ounce. Evers says the revenue from marijuana sales could go toward community reinvestment and small, rural school districts. He’ll introduce the budget in the coming days.

Of course a change in Wisconsin’s law could have a direct impact on Illinois dispensaries; specifically the Sunnyside dispensary in South Beloit. Cresco Labs Chief Communications Officer Jason Erkes says Illinois saw $88 million in marijuana sales with $25 million of that coming from out of state customers. So, it doesn’t surprise him that Wisconsin is talking about legalizing marijuana.

“It’s obviously much better to have a regulated and tested program in place,” said Erkes. “And what we’ve seen here in Illinois, it’s been very successful. It’s had no societal impact whatsoever and it’s generated a significant amount of tax revenue for the state of Illinois.”

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