Hemp farming

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows Wisconsin farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Walker signed the bill Thursday.

The bill passed the Legislature unanimously.

The measure’s sponsor, state Rep. Jesse Kremer, tweeted that the bill would make Wisconsin a leader in hemp production.

His tweet included #AmericasHempland.

At least 30 other states have legalized hemp farming.

Supporters say hemp has a wide range of uses and legalizing it gives farmers another profitable crop.

Under the new law, hemp plants couldn’t contain more than 0.3 percent THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Hemp farmers with drug convictions would not be eligible for state-issued licenses to grow the crop.


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