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Baldwin, Johnson Support Industrial Hemp Farming Measure
Wisconsin Ag Connection – 06/07/2018
U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson have signed onto legislation to support removing industrial hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act. Under the measure, which was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of
Kentucky, farmers would be able to maximize their ability to grow and process the plant.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte says the bill is being co-sponsored by 27 Senators, and is being supported by half of the state’s House members, including Reps. Glenn Grothman, Ron Kind, Mark Pocan, Gwen Moore and Mike Gallagher.
“Wisconsin has a long history with industrial hemp and it’s heartening to see our congressional delegation publicly support its reintroduction as a crop,” Holte said. “With so much interest in Wisconsin’s hemp pilot program, we are poised to once again became a
national leader in hemp production once these federal barriers are removed.”
Specifically, the bill would remove industrial hemp from a list of plants banned for being a controlled substance and allow states for set up their own system to best regulate it. It also allows researchers to apply for USDA grants to study hemp and its
applications, while making it eligible for federal crop insurance programs.
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