Wisconsin’s farmers get green light to produce hemp, hemp products

Wisconsin’s Attorney General says the uncertainty for Wisconsin hemp farmers and processors is over.  Brad Schimel tells Brownfield farmers planning on growing industrial hemp can proceed as long as they are licensed and registered through the state’s ag department.  “Keep moving forward with the process with DATCP (Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection).  Once they give their approval, then move forward.  There’s nothing stopping farmers from engaging in the industrial hemp process in Wisconsin right now.”  Schimel says it is also legal to obtain and use products from other pilot program states.

Schimel issued an enforcement order a week ago to crack down on hemp extract products sold over the counter that have more than point-3 percent THC without a prescription.  He says many products on the market are unregulated, and he looks forward to the new pilot program’s certified products getting into stores.  “We’ll know then that these things won’t be filled with fertilizers or heavy metals or other things that can be harmful to people.”

State Senator Patrick Testin tells Brownfield he’s thankful for Schimel’s willingness to work with him and ag leaders to make the hemp program work, saying, “This is a huge win for the state’s farmers.”

More than 250 Wisconsin farmers have applied for licenses and paid fees to grow industrial hemp this year.

Testin says the next legislative session will likely include efforts to regulate and monitor the uncertified CBD products already on the market.

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