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Hemp proposal draws opposition from law enforcement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan proposal designed to help Wisconsin’s fledgling hemp industry as it enters its second year is faced with opposition from law-enforcement agencies concerned with a provision allowing drivers to have trace amounts of THC in their blood.

The bill is up for a hearing before a state Senate committee on Thursday.
The proposal is  broadly designed to help farmers, hemp processors, retailers and consumers as the industry expands in Wisconsin.

But Wisconsin sheriffs, chiefs of police and district attorneys are opposed to one particular provision, one that would prevent someone who has consumed a product made with trace amounts of THC like cannabidiol, or CBD, from being charged with operating while intoxicated.

Wisconsin is one of 12 states with a zero tolerance THC law. Wisconsin legalized the growing of hemp last year.

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