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An example of good government in clarification of hemp rules

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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

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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