Evers signs bill making Wisconsin hemp program permanent

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In this Aug. 21, 2019, photo, Jeff Dennings, left, and Dave Crabill, industrial hemp farmers, check plants at their farm in Clayton Township, Mich. The legalization of industrial hemp is spurring U.S. farmers into unfamiliar terrain, tempting them with profits amid turmoil in agriculture while proving to be a tricky endeavor in the early stages. Up for grabs is a lucrative market, one that could grow more than five-fold globally by 2025, driven by demand for cannabidiol. The compound does not cause a high like that of marijuana and is hyped as a health product to reduce anxiety, treat pain and promote sleep. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed into law a bipartisan bill that makes Wisconsin’s hemp-growing program permanent, while bringing it into line with new federal regulations.

Evers signed the bill Tuesday. It is designed to help the state’s popular hemp program continue to grow as it enters its second year.

The new law aligns Wisconsin’s program with new requirements under the 2018 federal Farm Bill, while also allowing Wisconsin to retain control.

Hemp and marijuana are both forms of cannabis, but hemp lacks enough of active ingredient THC to get people high.

While the hemp program has bipartisan support, Evers and Democrats have not been successful in their push to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize small amounts of pot. A bill to fully legalize recreational marijuana has also gone nowhere.

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