Wisconsin Senate Committee Approves Hemp Farming | WisconsinGazette.com

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow Wisconsin farmers to grow hemp.

The bill would set up state licenses for famers looking to grow industrial hemp. People with drug convictions wouldn’t be eligible for the licenses and the plants couldn’t contain more than 1 percent THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

At least 30 states, including Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois, have passed legislation allowing hemp farms. The Wisconsin bill’s supporters say hemp has a wide range of uses and Wisconsin farmers should have the option of growing a profitable crop.

 

Kate Paulley