Two inmates arrive at a Wisconsin jail. One asks the other, “What are you in for?”
“Possession with intent to sell heroin. You?”
The first replies, “That’s it? I’m here for possession with intent to sell butter.”
True enough, this conversation didn’t happen. But it might as well have. Today in Wisconsin, a crony regulatory scheme is protecting local industry from out-of-state competition by threatening retailers with criminal penalties if they sell butter that has not passed a bureaucratic taste test.