By Melanie Conklin, Wisconsin Examiner

Hemp is Wisconsin’s comeback crop,” mentioned Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stephens Level), writer of SB-188 which might reauthorize the fledgling pilot program that allows rising hemp in Wisconsin. The measure would transfer towards making this system everlasting and add technical rules to convey it in keeping with new federal legislation.

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Hemp is utilized in clothes, biofuels, lotions, rope and meals, amongst different objects. Hemp paper was even used to draft the Declaration of Independence, in accordance with the nationwide nonprofit business advocacy group Vote Hemp, which tracks state and federal legislation and coverage. The group reported that 1,855 acres of hemp have been grown in Wisconsin final 12 months.

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Hemp is offering alternatives for rural and concrete entrepreneurs alike, and lots of of my constituents are rising as leaders on this business,” mentioned Taylor after the vote. “Individuals already eat hundreds of thousands of imported hemp merchandise — that’s cash that may and must be spent right here in our state of Wisconsin, and my metropolis of Milwaukee.”

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