It’s not often that anything passes unanimously in the Wisconsin Senate, least of all legislation making it easier to produce a controlled substance. Yet that’s exactly what happened with SB 119, which allows for the production of industrial hemp. After the Senate passed the bill unanimously, it passed the Assembly 62- 30, and was signed into law by Governor Walker on November 30. This makes Wisconsin the 31st U.S. state to legalize the growing of hemp. The law authorizes the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to issue licenses to farmers to grow Cannabis plants that produce a THC concentration of 0.3 percent or less, and sets up a research center for hemp propagation and industrial use at the University of Wisconsin Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Josh Hendrix hails from Kentucky, where industrial hemp has been legal for some time. Hendrix is the founder of the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association and sits on the Technical Advisory Council for the National Hemp Association and joins Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing by phone.
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