wisconsin

  1. Ron Strider

    Next Steps For Hemp In Wisconsin

    With Gov. Scott Walker signing a bill legalizing hemp production in Wisconsin last month, farmers wait for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to create hemp regulations and permitting processes before deciding if hemp is a crop they want to grow...
  2. Ron Strider

    WI: Local Lawmakers Excited For Hemp Farming Potential

    Following the legalization of industrial hemp farming in Wisconsin, some local lawmakers expressed excitement on what that future holds for farmers. Wisconsin was one of the largest producers of industrial hemp in the early 1900s until it was banned in the 1950s. The National Hemp Association...
  3. Ron Strider

    Walker Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp Farming In Wisconsin

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker has 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...
  4. Ron Strider

    WI: Hemp's Time Has Come

    Farmers in diverse states like Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine and Minnesota are researching a new crop: industrial hemp. Many states are changing laws to allow growing of hemp. Wisconsin is slow to get in the game. Hopefully, this is about to change. Lawmakers on the Senate Agriculture, Small...
  5. Ron Strider

    St. Croix Chippewa Ready To Grow Hemp In Wisconsin

    A Wisconsin tribe is set to grow hemp in hopes of extracting oil from the plant that could help treat seizures and other health problems, despite uncertainty over its legality. The St. Croix Chippewa plan to begin production at the end of the month, the Wisconsin State Journal reported ...
  6. Ron Strider

    Wisconsin Senate Committee OKs Hemp Farming Bill

    The state Senate's agriculture committee has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow Wisconsin farmers to grow hemp. The panel voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the proposal. The vote clears the way for a full floor vote in the Senate. The bill would set up state licenses for...
  7. Ron Strider

    So, Wisconsin Gov. Walker Just Evoked The 'Gateway Theory' For Hemp

    The "gateway theory" has been with us for about as long as the War on Drugs. Despite it being debunked over and over and over again, politicians and reefer madness acolytes just love evoking the nonsensical theory whenever they get boxed in a corner. Earlier this year, even the Drug...
  8. Ron Strider

    Wisconsin Lawmakers To Consider Whether State Is Open For Industrial Hemp Business

    A legislative committee is set to vote on a bill that would allow Wisconsin farmers to grow hemp. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism is scheduled to vote on the measure Wednesday morning. The bill calls for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and...
  9. Ron Strider

    WI: GOP Lawmakers Make Case For Industrial Hemp

    The Latest on a bill that would legalize industrial hemp in Wisconsin (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Two Republican lawmakers are making the case for their bill legalizing industrial hemp in Wisconsin. Rep. Jesse Kremer and Sen. Patrick Testin held a news conference Tuesday ahead of a...
  10. Ron Strider

    Advocates, Legislators Trying To Legalize Hemp In Wisconsin

    During World War II, Janesville and other communities across southern Wisconsin petitioned the U.S government to build a lucrative crop processing plant near their cities. The crop would be used primarily to build rope for the war effort, and a factory could provide an economic boom to a...
  11. Ron Strider

    Farm Bureau, Kentucky Congressman Urge Wisconsin To Legalize Hemp As A Crop

    Wisconsin Farm Bureau president Jim Holte and Kentucky Congressman James Comer team up on a column posted on WisOpinion urging the Wisconsin Legislature to pass bills that will legalize the growing of hemp as a farm product. They write how hemp was once a huge Wisconsin crop, and they believe it...
  12. Ron Strider

    Industrial Hemp Legalization: Wisconsin Jobs, Economy Would Benefit

    It's not every day a congressman from Kentucky and a farmer from Wisconsin ignite a national conversation on a specific issue. However, when it comes to industrial hemp, no two states are more historically intertwined. We once defined and dominated hemp production in this country, and we are...
  13. Ron Strider

    WI: Repealing Pot Prohibition Means 'Legalizing Opportunity And Prosperity'

    A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to use medical and recreational marijuana to cure the state's sick economy. Last week, State Rep. Melissa Sargent introduced a cannabis legalization bill aimed at raising the scarce dollars needed to patch roads and keep the lights on in schools across Wisconsin...
  14. Ron Strider

    Rep. Sargent Says Marijuana Legalization Will Benefit Wisconsin Farmers

    State Representative Melissa Sargent is introducing a bill to legalize both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana in Wisconsin. The Madison Democrat introduced similar bills in the last two legislative sessions. Sargent says it provides more than 100 pages of protections that...
  15. K

    WI: Rep. Kremer Pushing Industrial Hemp Legislation

    A Wisconsin lawmaker is circulating a bill that he claims would reinvigorate the state's agriculture sector, while creating new manufacturing and tech opportunities by bringing industrial hemp back as a farm commodity. Rep. Jesse Kremer says he's been meeting with various state agencies and farm...
  16. K

    WI: Let Sick People Have Medical Marijuana

    Assembly Speaker Robin Vos mostly got it right in softening his stance on medical marijuana recently. "If you get a prescription to use an opiate or you get a prescription to use marijuana, to me I think that's the same thing," Vos, R-Rochester, told the Associated Press. "I would be open to...
  17. K

    WI: Democrats Want Statewide Referendum On Medical Marijuana

    Democratic lawmakers on Feb. 6 called for a statewide referendum on legalizing medical marijuana. State Sen. Jon Erpenbach and state Rep. Chris Taylor unveiled their medical marijuana proposals during a news conference at the Capitol. They were joined by Dr. David Olive, a medical marijuana...
  18. K

    Wisconsin Democrats Propose Legalizing Medical Marijuana

    Madison – Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are circulating a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The proposal by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor comes after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea. Republicans have typically been against...
  19. K

    In Wisconsin, Signs Of GOP Softening On Medical Marijuana

    Madison, Wis. – As a marijuana extract used to treat seizures becomes more widely embraced, even by former Republican opponents, the conversation in Wisconsin is shifting to whether the time is right to approve medical marijuana. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters last week he would...
  20. K

    Wisconsin Republicans Reach Deal On Marijuana Extract Bill

    Madison, Wis. — Republican state senators have reached a deal on a proposal making it legal in Wisconsin to possess a marijuana extract used to treat seizures. A similar bill failed to pass last session despite widespread bipartisan support when Republican senators derailed the proposal amid...