Madison, WI: Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation into law to establish a state-sponsored pilot program to "study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp." Members of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate had unanimously approved the measure.
Senate Bill 119 defines cannabis with no more than .03 percent THC as industrial hemp. It calls on regulators to facilitate rules to permit "selling, transferring, importing, exporting, or taking possession of industrial hemp."
Under a 2014 federal law, states may license hemp cultivation as part of a university sponsored pilot program. Thirty-two universities in nineteen states - Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia - have participated in hemp cultivation projects this year, according to data compiled by the advocacy organization Vote Hemp.
For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.