According to a report by November 26, Star Tribune, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed into law the state’s 2018 hemp pilot program and aligned the program’s rules with the conditions laid out in the 2018 Farm Bill.
In a public statement, Governors Evers said that he was to sign the bipartisan legislation into law as it ensures that the state hemp program will continue to succeed. He also believes that with it, many new opportunities will crop up to benefit Wisconsin growers.
According to the Star Tribune, after hemp was launched in Wisconsin, the state’s hemp pilot program licensed 250 growers in the first year. The news outlet further reported that this year, Wisconsin has 1,247 licensed growers and 556 processors.
The Star Tribune also reported that the legislation ensures continuous growth of the hemp program by making changes to the Wisconsin hemp laws. The state allows hemp to contain no more than 0.3% THC since the majority of people consuming it will be patients.
Crops containing more than 0.3% THC must be destroyed. In the past harvesting season, several farmers in South Central Wisconsin Hemp cooperative had issues with the THC concentration blaming the state’s delay in testing as the reason for the “hotness” in their crops.
According to a report by Wisconsin Public Radio, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture would be permitted to hire the services of third-party contractors for testing the hemp crop under the new legislation.