A legislative committee is about to vote on a invoice that might permit Wisconsin farmers to develop hemp.
The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Enterprise and Tourism is scheduled to vote on the measure Wednesday morning.
The invoice requires the state Division of Agriculture, Commerce and Shopper Safety to challenge licenses to farmers trying to develop industrial hemp. Individuals would drug convictions would not be eligible for licenses and the crops could not include greater than 1 % THC, the lively ingredient in marijuana.
No less than 30 states, together with neighboring Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois, have handed laws permitting hemp cultivation.