(WXOW) – Hemp farming continues to grow in Wisconsin after it became legal to grow in 2017. Now, lawmakers want to make sure that growth continues and is protected.
State Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) and several others introduced a bill called the Growing Opportunities Act. This bill would create truth in labeling laws for products and initiate feedback the state received over the first year of growing the plant.
Testin says it would also keep the oversight of the program in the state.
“If this legislation were not enacted, then the feds will mandate how our program looks and operates,” Testin said. “We want to make sure that Wisconsin farmers are able to operate under a Wisconsin led program.
Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) says the bill would poise the state as a key industry player. The proposal is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.