Wisconsin Governor Signs New Hemp Bill Into Law

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has signed a hemp bill into law that brings the state into line with the Federal 2018 Farm Bill.

Senate Bill 188, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 68, saw a number of changes introduced, including the modification of the definition of the plant – the Act uses the term “hemp” instead of “industrial hemp” throughout.

The Act also repeals Wisconsin’s hemp pilot program, which will occur one year after U.S. Department of Agriculture establishes a plan for regulating production of the crop.


Wisconsin governor signs bill making hemp program permanent

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed into law a bipartisan bill that makes Wisconsin's hemp-growing program permanent as it continues to surge in popularity in just its second year.

Hailed by supporters as Wisconsin's "comeback crop," hemp is seeing renewed popularity in large part because of the growth in the market for CBD, a legal, therapeutic compound extracted from the cannabis plant that marketers say can treat a range of ailments without getting users high. It's widely marketed in oils, lotions and foods.

Hemp is also used to make a variety of products, including rope, fabrics, lotions and granola bars.


Wisconsinites use cannabis as a medicine, but research and the Law are not yet on their side

After four decades of using strong prescription drugs to treat Crohn’s disease, a chronic digestive disorder, Patty developed an aggressive form of skin cancer.

“It’s because my body has been suppressed for so long, it can’t fight it [cancer],” the Wisconsin resident said.

Patty, who has worked at her father’s restaurant for 27 years, now struggles to handle full-time duties.

“I’m trying to get disability, but I’ve been denied once already. I don’t plan on quitting working. I just need help. I need help because I can’t do a full-time job,” Patty said.


Wisconsin Assembly set to pass bill helping hemp industry

The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to give final approval to a bill designed to help the state's industrial hemp industry as the program enters its second year.

The bill up for approval Tuesday would align the state's program with new requirements under the 2018 federal farm bill, while also allowing Wisconsin to retain control.

The bipartisan measure is designed to help farmers, hemp processors, retailers and consumers as the industry in Wisconsin grows.

The bill comes as some lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers are pushing the Legislature to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize small amounts of pot. There is also a bill to fully legalize recreational marijuana.


Wisconsin: Get ready for 2020 hemp season, licensing, registration is open

Hemp licensing applications and registrations are available for the 2020 Wisconsin growing season starting Nov. 1, 2019. The deadline for current licensees to renew their registration is March 1, 2020. New licensees can apply at any time during the year. 

Wisconsin’s research pilot program requires that anyone who wants to grow or process hemp obtain a license from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and register their intent to grow or process in the coming season. Hemp can contain no more than 0.3 percent total THC, the psychoactive ingredient present in marijuana.


Wisconsin lawmakers seeking to expunge marijuana convictions

When Madison barber and business owner Brian Britt, 42, stepped up to a folding table in the entryway of the Urban League of Greater Madison, he had a single goal in his mind: Wipe from his record the decades-old criminal convictions he says are holding him back.

In 2000, at age 22, Britt was convicted of marijuana possession with intent to deliver as a repeat offense and a gun charge. He served five years in prison.

Nineteen years later, he is hoping to make those convictions less public. It is the next step in an ongoing process, he said, which includes paying back child support.

"(I'm) cleaning my background up so I can get a better life," he said, "so things don't stagnate me like they used to."


Agricultural hemp one step closer to reality in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's agricultural hemp program is one step closer to becoming permanent.

A bill co-authored by Stevens Point Republican Patrick Testin and Milwaukee Democrat Lena Taylor that removes the pilot program distinction from hemp passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Testin says the growth of the program in its two-year test run shows the crop has the potential to be something special in the state. "In year one we had 250 growers, now we have over 1,500. It's a huge surge, there hasn't been an expansion of any hemp program like that in the entire country."


Wisconsin Bipartisan Bill seeks legalization of medical marijuana

A bipartisan medical cannabis bill was introduced to the Wisconsin legislature on Sept. 20 by Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison and Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point.

According to Testin, the bill would introduce a regulated process on both the patients’ end and production end. The bill requires a recommendation from the doctor as well as a registry system for said patients. On the production end, a licensing system would be put into place for growers, producers and sellers.


Lawmakers in Wisconsin make push for medical marijuana legalization

Efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin have intensified with the introduction of a new bipartisan bill in the state’s legislature last week.

Republican Senator Patrick Testin and Democrats Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Chris Taylor brought forward the legislation, which would allow cannabis treatment for patients that register with the state. The bill is the first bipartisan push for the legalization of medical marijuana in the state in 18 years, the trio said. 


Marijuana legalization continues: Wisconsin steps up!

Marijuana laws are pretty strict in Wisconsin. Although cannabis is spreading its roots across US states, it’s still illegal at the federal level. President Trump and his administration want states to decide. Florida, New York, and Minnesota are all gearing up to legalize adult-use cannabis. Now, Wisconsin is pushing to legalize medical marijuana. Let’s see what’s happening in the state.


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