DOJ memo causes confusion over legality of hemp production

MADISON, Wis. - A statement from the Wisconsin DOJ has caused some confusion regarding CBD oil production and hemp growth in the state. 

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection has created a pilot program for licensing growers to produce hemp. The program had around 340 applications, according to WLUK, a News 3 partner station. The deadline to apply to the program was May 1. 

Cannabidiol, or CBD is a chemical compound found in hemp and marijuana, and can be used to treat medical conditions. 

The DOJ released a statement to DATCAP for guidance saying CBD produced in the pilot program is still illegal. This has raised questions for hemp growers and distributors. 

Officials with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation said the document didn't define certain terms and could put farmers in the pilot program in uncertain positions. 

"If I were to plant a field and I had 40 acres of hemp out there I have cannabinoid in that plant now, so is my field now illegal, or is what I produced from that illegal? There is no clarity in that document," Rob Richard, senior director of governmental relations at the federation. 


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