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Industrial Hemp Bill Being Proposed in the Legislature
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/17/2017

A state lawmaker has once again introduced legislation to allow for the production of industrial hemp in Wisconsin. On Thursday, Rep. Dave Considine sponsored AB 147, which would create a state registration process for hemp growth through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.

That Baraboo Democrat claims hemp would reinvigorate the state's agriculture sector, while creating new manufacturing and tech opportunities by bringing the plant back as a farm commodity.

"With the support of Wisconsin farmers, citizens, and legislators on both sides of the aisle, it's time to work together to rebuild our state's hemp industry," Rep. Considine stated. "I understand this is not the only hemp bill in consideration in our legislature right now, and I'm glad I'm not the only one that realizes how important this industry would be for our state. I hope we can find a middle ground that will make industrial hemp a reality again in Wisconsin."

Considine first introduced a hemp bill in 2015, but it never received a public hearing.

He says there are 17 cosponsors backing the effort in the Assembly, along with five others in the Senate.

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