Wisconsin farmers will soon be able to add hemp to their crop rotation. On Nov. 30, 2017, Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 119 allowing Wisconsin farmers to cultivate industrial hemp.
Last month, Rep. Jesse Kremer and Sen. Patrick Testin lobbied for a pilot program for the plant during the Senate agriculture committee’s public hearing.
“The message from a united agriculture community is this: We’ve led the nation in hemp production in the past. It’s time we lead again,” Testin said.
The bill, which was supported by both parties, passed unanimously in the state legislature.
According to WZAW, Kremer posted on Twitter that SB 119 will put Wisconsin at the frontline of hemp production in America.
The pilot program, which will study the cultivation and marketing of hemp, as well as create regulations for the program, will be run by Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Wisconsin farmers with prior drug convictions will be barred from obtaining licenses to grow the plant, which cannot contain more than 0.3% THC.