The deadline this year to apply for a license to grow or process industrial hemp from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Wisconsin's new hemp law 2017 Act 100 requires growers and processors to be licensed. A grower license allows the planting and harvesting of industrial hemp, while a processor license allows the storage, handling, and conversion of the hemp into a marketable form. Both are lifetime licenses. Those processing only hemp they grow need only the grower license.
April 20 falls on a Friday this year and Cannabadger's home city Madison is gearing up for another celebration of the high holiday of cannabis. While the Mad City's location on the red side of the green line translates to fewer public events than places pot is legal, there are more 4/20-related events happening every year. Here's a look at some of them:
People congregate on Bascom Hill on April 20 in 2010. (Cannabadger.com)
The Wisconsin Division of Agricultural Resource Management Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) says the agency has issued 25 licenses to produce hemp as of April 5. Licensing to grow hemp was opened up by DATCP on March 2, 2018. DATCP says they have received about 60 applications to grow hemp.
Hemp poster at Press Conference before Hearing on Hemp Bill. (Cannabadger.com)
As a longtime Wisconsin cannabis activist, I've felt the excitement of the potential of many a new legislative session and mourned the missed potential when lawmakers failed to act when the sessions drew to a close. And that is where Wisconsin is at now at the close of the 2017-2018 legislative session.