A state Senate bill which would legalize the growth and production of industrial hemp in the state of Wisconsin recently passed through a Senate committee with a unanimous vote.

One of the bill’s authors Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, said industrial hemp can be used for a variety of products and could be a lucrative industry for Wisconsin.

Hemp can be used for fire protective gear, concrete, medicine and the grain of hemp has a high nutritional value, Kremer said.

The processing and growth of industrial hemp could add jobs in rural areas and bring new industry to Wisconsin.

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Madeline Boulanger ~ BadgerHerald.com ~