Grothman announces support for industrial hemp bill

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Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., announced in a press release Friday that he and 24 other representatives would sponsor a bill to differentiate industrial hemp from marijuana.

According to the press release, since industrial hemp contains little tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the intoxicating agent in marijuana, it should be classified separately. Until its criminalization in 1937, it was used to make a wide variety of industrial products, such as rope.

“Industrial hemp plays a large role in Wisconsin’s agricultural history, and legalizing it now will
only benefit Wisconsin. Nonnarcotic industrial hemp makes our economy
stronger by providing an additional revenue stream for farmers, and is useful in other areas like
construction and manufacturing,” Grothman said in the release.