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Applications available for Industrial Hemp Licenses

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin farmers who want to grow hemp can now apply for a license.

The Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection began accepting applications Friday. State lawmakers passed legislation to lift the ban on the crop last fall and farmers couldn't be more pleased as the hemp fiber and oil can be used in a handful of products.

Wisconsin joins 31 other states that conducted a pilot program. The federal government is still wary with the tiny amount of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, that's in hemp.

Growers and processors will have to pass a background check to make sure they don't have any state or federal drug convictions. Their plants will be sampled by state officials to make sure they don't contain more than .3 percent THC.

"We honestly have not have any opposition to it,” said a spokesperson from DATCP. “We have so many people interested in it, there’s a list of about 650 people whose emails we've collected who've wanted to keep up to date about what where doing."    

If you're interested, you will need to apply for a license before the May 1st deadline. Growers will also pay a one time licensing feed ranging from $150 to $1,000,  depending on how many acres of industrial hemp they want to farm. 

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