Wisconsin Joins the Fight for Hemp Cultivation

Recently, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a law which would start a pilot program for Wisconsin farmers wanting to grow industrial hemp. The law requires the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)  to write an administrative rule for the new industry within the next 90 days.

 

While the consumption of hemp and hemp oil products is under few federal restrictions following the Agricultural Act of 2014, signed by President Barack Obama, the decision to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp is decided on a state level. Wisconsin is historically hemp friendly; well into the first half of the 20th century, they harvested industrial hemp for use in products such as rope and fabric, but were forced to stop when the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law was passed by Congress in 1937. This bill has been widely speculated as being the result of political corruption and corporate greed, to eliminate a competitive industry and make way for other industries to flourish under false pretenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(industrial hemp as seen here can be used for many things including environmentally friendly building materials and textiles)

Hemp has long been considered a cheaper, more reliable source of industrial goods, ranging from textiles to medicine, paper, and even food products, in comparison to the currently available alternatives. The cultivation of hemp is also understood to be better for the environment as well as helpful to surrounding crops by cleansing the soil and being a crop that needs little to no pesticide treatment.

Hemp differs from marijuana in that it contains almost no THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis which gives users a “high”, is easier to grow in many different environments, and has uses in myriad industries. The new law will allows for the growth and harvesting of hemp plants containing no more than 0.3% THC, a miniscule amount when compared to the 20%+ found in medical and recreational cannabis sativa plants grown throughout the country.

 

Many in Wisconsin are lauding this decision by the Wisconsin Legislature as a win for farmers across the state, as well residents, who may see an increase in hemp-related jobs and products available across the state. However, some are still skeptical as to whether the hemp market will be profitable enough to warrant the legalization of hemp cultivation. This skepticism could easily be assuaged if one were to take a look at the new and booming CBD hemp oil industry, for example.

 

Since 2014 ipuff has been taking advantage of the Agricultural Act as well as the legalization of cannabis cultivation in Colorado to create CBD solutions for our customers all over the country. Local farmers are growing industrial hemp all over the state, this industrial hemp is used across the country to extract CBD-rich hemp oils, which are in-turn used by consumers for their many medicinal properties.

(farmers in Wisconsin cultivate industrial hemp at the turn of the 20th century.)

 

Without a doubt, this pilot program is going to great for the agricultural economy of Wisconsin. With upwards of 25,000 product categories for use, industrial hemp is a great addition to any state’s economy, and this program may very well lead to the introduction of permanent industry for Wisconsin.

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