New Wisconsin Hemp Law Relies on Federal Permission, Could Go Much Further

MADISON, Wisc. (Dec. 6, 2017) – Last Thursday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law legalizing hemp cultivation for research purposes only in compliance with federal law. The new law could lay a foundation to eventually expand the hemp market in the state, and with further action, could set the stage for nullification of federal hemp prohibition in the future.

A bipartisan coalition of 12 senators introduced Senate Bill 119 (SB119) in March. As introduced, the legislation would have authorized the planting, growing, cultivating, harvesting, and processing of industrial hemp for “commercial purposes or research,” ignoring federal law prohibiting the cultivation of hemp for commercial purposes. But the Senate ultimately passed a substitute bill that only authorizes hemp production “to the greatest extent allowed under federal law.” That means Wisconsin will create a licensing and regulatory structure for the production of industrial hemp within pilot programs for research purposes only, but farmers will not be able to produce hemp for commercial purposes.

The Senate unanimously passed the amended version of SB119 on Nov. 7 by a 33-0 vote. On Nov. 9, the House approved the measure 99-0. With Gov. Walker’s signature, the law …

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