MADISON, Wis. — Republican Gov. Scott Walker has quietly signed a bill that allows Wisconsin farmers to grow industrial hemp.
Walker signed the bill Thursday.
The bill passed the Legislature unanimously. The measure’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Jesse Kremer, tweeted Thursday that the bill will make Wisconsin a leader in hemp production. His tweet included the hashtag “AmericasHempland.”
Under the new law, hemp plants couldn’t contain more than 0.3 percent THC. Prospective farmers with drug convictions would not be eligible for state-issued licenses to grow the crop.
Excited that @GovWalker will sign @SenatorTestin & my #FarmFreedomAct today! With SB119 becoming law, WI farmers & manufacturers are poised to swiftly become a national and global leader in #IndustrialHemp once again! #AmericasHempland #GrownInWI #MadeInWI https://t.co/rV2GVtRUIs
— Rep. Jesse Kremer (@RepJesseKremer) November 30, 2017