Industrial Hemp

February 23, 2018

Please note: We are finalizing the rule, and it will be published next week. We will have licensing applications available here on Friday, March 2. We will update this page and email updates as we have additional answers for you. Thank you for your patience. 

Wisconsin growers will be able to grow and process industrial hemp under 2017 Wisconsin Act 100, a law recently passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.* The law directs the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to write an emergency administrative rule that will spell out the details of the program, including requirements for growers.

The law allows only industrial hemp of the species Cannabis sativa, with THC concentration of 0.3 percent or lower. This is a pilot program to study growth, cultivation and marketing of industrial hemp.  Participants will be required to obtain a license from DATCP to grow hemp, and to pass a background check before receiving a license. 

DATCP will complete the emergency rule by March 2, 2018. This rule will remain in effect until July 2020, or until we complete the permanent administrative rule – whichever comes earlier. There will be public hearings and other opportunities for public comment on the permanent rule.

Please note that importing seeds into Wisconsin to begin the hemp program may require permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which could affect the time when production can begin.

We will post information on this site as it becomes available, so check back frequently.  You can also receive notifications when we update the site and other informational emails by clicking on the envelope icon at right.

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*Subject to the provisions of Wisconsin Statutes 94.55, a person may plant, grow, cultivate, harvest, sample, test, process, transport, transfer, take possession of, sell, import, and export industrial hemp in this state to the greatest extent allowed under federal law."