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Grothman Co-Sponsors Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/04/2017

A Wisconsin Congressman is among 25 federal lawmakers to co-sponsor legislation that would legalize industrial hemp in the United States. Rep. Glenn Grothman said he is backing a bill authored by James Comer of Kentucky, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana.

Supporters say industrial hemp contains less than one percent Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and was legal in the U.S. until 1937. They also claim it's used to create a variety of products, including construction materials, biofuel, rope, plastic composites and more.

"Industrial hemp plays a large role in Wisconsin's agricultural history, and legalizing it now will only benefit Wisconsin," Grothman said. "Non-narcotic industrial hemp makes our economy stronger by providing an additional revenue stream for farmers, and is useful in other areas like construction and manufacturing."

The U.S. is the only major industrialized country that cannot legally grow hemp; and is also the largest importer of industrial hemp material.

Similar efforts have been made in the Wisconsin legislature to allow for the production of industrial hemp, but have not been successful.

The 2014 Farm Bill gave states permission to begin research on the growth and marketing potential of industrial hemp.

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