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Walker to sign bill legalizing hemp farming in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin farmers will be allowed to grow industrial hemp under a bill Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign into law.

The bill sponsor, Republican Rep. Jesse Kremer, tweeted Thursday that signing the bill will make Wisconsin a national and global leader in hemp production. His tweet included the hashtag “AmericasHempland.”

The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.

With Walker’s signature, Wisconsin will join at least 30 states that have legalized hemp farming.

Supporters in Wisconsin say hemp has a wide range of uses and farmers are poised to take advantage of the new law change and grow a profitable crop.

Under the law, hemp plants that are grown in the state will not be legal if they contain more than 0.3 percent THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. And hemp farmers with drug convictions would not be able to obtain state-issued licenses to grow the crop.

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