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An example of good government in clarification of hemp rules



It was as swift as it was surprising. The Wisconsin Department of Justice wisely wasted no time in clarifying the rules on hemp farming in Wisconsin. Attorney General Brad Schimel declared that Wisconsin farmers can continue to grow hemp, and extract and sell CBD oil from the harvest. That was anything but certain over the past month, with Schimel warning hemp farmers they could be prosecuted for selling CBD oil to help those suffering from a variety of ailments. Those farmers can breathe easy now, with no more uncertainty about whether they would be heading to jail. But more importantly, this decision came quickly. Schimel met with the authors of the legislation legalizing hemp farming in Wisconsin, as well as the Wisconsin Farm Bureau. They didn’t have to appoint any blue ribbon commissions, or hold hearings. They simply gathered the people who authored the law and asked what they meant when they wrote it. Schimel didn’t take months to render a decision. It came instantly. This is how government should work. Those involved deserve credit for making Wisconsin hemp again.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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