Wisconsin congressman supports the bill that allows American farmers to grow industrial hemp

A Wisconsin congressman is supporting a bill that would allow American farmers to grow industrial hemp. Sixth District congressman Glenn Grothman said he can’t imagine any reasons to object to returning hemp as a crop for Wisconsin farmers.

The Republican congressman has joined 9 other Republicans and 15 Democrats as a co-sponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The bill amends The Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. Industrial hemp contains less than 1 percent of THC and was legal in the U.S. until 1937.

At the state level, an industrial hemp bill from a pair of Republican lawmakers is scheduled for a public hearing next week in Madison. The 2014 federal farm bill cleared the way for hemp research programs, and at least 30 states are allowing the crop, including Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois.

Legislation from state Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and state Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) would legalize production of the crop, with permits issued by the state Agriculture Department.