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US (WI): Industry leaders urge governor to classify hemp as essential

Hemp industry leaders in Wisconsin are asking state officials to reconsider its classification of hemp and hemp products as "non-essential business."

In a letter written to Gov. Tony Evers, officials from the Wisconsin Hemp Alliance, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Wisconsin Hemp Farmers and Manufacturers Association said the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has taken the opinion that CBD shops and the retail sale of hemp and hemp products are non-essential businesses per the Safer at Home Order.

"While we certainly appreciate and understand the enormous and unprecedented challenges Wisconsin is facing right now, we believe WEDC is misguided in its opinion, and that hemp businesses are essential and therefore must not be required to close," the letter said.

The letter said the pandemic is causing considerable stress and anxiety for millions of people in Wisconsin, and many will turn to counseling, medications, and depressants to cope and heal.

"We are very discouraged that those seeking CBD products to alleviate stress, anxiety, and many other ailments may not have the availability, in the safest manner possible and following DHS COVID-19 guidelines, to visit a local CBD store," the letter continued. Officials said visiting these stores would allow consumers to "get the advice and product they seek to help them with any physical, emotional or mental anguish they may be experiencing."

Read more at nbc15.com


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