By Melanie Conklin, Wisconsin Examiner

Hemp is Wisconsin’s comeback crop,” mentioned Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stephens Point), author of SB-188 which would reauthorize the fledgling pilot system that permits increasing hemp in Wisconsin. The measure would move toward generating the system permanent and add technical regulations to bring it in line with new federal law.

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Hemp is utilized in clothes, biofuels, lotions, rope and foods, amongst other products. Hemp paper was even utilized to draft the Declaration of Independence, according to the national nonprofit business advocacy group Vote Hemp, which tracks state and federal law and policy. The group reported that 1,855 acres of hemp had been grown in Wisconsin final year.

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Hemp is giving possibilities for rural and urban entrepreneurs alike, and lots of of my constituents are emerging as leaders in this business,” mentioned Taylor soon after the vote. “Americans currently consume millions of imported hemp merchandise — that is revenue that can and ought to be spent right here in our state of Wisconsin, and my city of Milwaukee.”

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