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DATCP publishes emergency rule to allow remediation for hemp growers

(WAOW) -- A new emergency rule could ease the penalty for help farmers' whose crops are too high in THC.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) published the rule effective May 3.

If a hemp crop's THC level is too high, instead of destroying the crop, farmers have the option of repurposing their crop for a different market, such as textiles.

"Provisions that we thought were important to get on the books here in Wisconsin and available to our growers as quickly as we could because we thought they would provide value this growing season," said Brian Kuhn with the Plant Industry Bureau for DATCP.

The emergency rule also caps negligent violations at one per year per grower, and raises the THC level that earns a negligent violation.

Natalie Sopyla

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