Industrial hemp can’t get you high, but it's still outlawed. Lawmakers think legalizing it could help farmers.
Lawmakers have proposed a bill to legalize hemp crops in Wisconsin for industrial products.Image By: Brandon Moe and Brandon Moe
State lawmakers are circulating a proposal to legalize industrial hemp in the state. While previously outlawed, supporters say legalizing the crop could create opportunities for farmers.
The bill, proposed by state Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, and state Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, would allow state agencies to give
According to his spokesperson Grace Colas, Considine — who is a farmer by trade — has several constituents who would like to take advantage of the opportunity to grow industrial hemp on their farms.
“[Considine] himself grew up around wild hemp out in the 81st [Assembly] District and always wondered ‘Why
The plastic fibers in hemp can be used to make fabric, furniture, bricks, insulation, paper products and more.
While anyone with a drug conviction could not acquire a license, some are skeptical of the crop because of
“The difference between marijuana and hemp is you’re growing hemp for seeds and fiber, and marijuana you’re growing for buds,” Grignon said.
Thirty other states have legalized hemp production, including Kentucky, which Considine's office pointed to as a good example for Wisconsin.
“We think it’s past time for this to be a reality for Wisconsin farmers,” Colas said.
The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Small Business will vote Wednesday morning on whether or not to advance Rep. Kramer and Sen. Testin's bill.
UPDATED Oct. 17, 2017 at 12:40 p.m.: This article was updated to reflect that Rep. Kramer and Sen. Testin's bill is separate from one introduced by Rep. Considine.Subscribe to The Daily Cardinal Newsletter