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Wisconsin Sees Increasing Interest in Hemp Production

Interest in producing hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, is growing in Wisconsin. Interest in producing hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, is growing in Wisconsin. |  Photo: WDIO-TV/File

Associated Press
Updated: November 17, 2018 04:26 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Interest in producing hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, is growing in Wisconsin.

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The Post Crescent reports that while this year's harvest doesn't look the best because of wet weather and inexperienced growers, interest in the crop is strong after legislative action this year lifted the state's decades-old ban on industrial hemp.

Nearly 140 Wisconsin farmers planted the crop this year. Many of them say they plan to continue planting next year despite this year's challenges.

Hemp can be used for a variety of things such as food, fibers and construction material. The product with the most interest is cannabidiol, which advocates say can be used to treat anxiety, epilepsy and depression. About 20 CBD shops have opened around the state in about six months.

Information from: Post-Crescent Media, http://www.postcrescent.com

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