Industrial hemp bill clears Senate committee

A bill that would give Wisconsin farmers the go-ahead to grow industrial hemp unanimously passed a Senate committee this morning.
But four Dem amendments to the bill failed on 5-4 party-line votes, including one that would nix a requirement under the bill to allow for the seizure and destroying of crops if a certain THC level is exceeded. THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis.
That change, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout said, would ensure hemp is treated as an “agricultural commodity.”
“It doesn’t make sense to totally destroy the crop,” she said, adding that if other crops fail to...

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