2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 183
November 6, 2017 - Offered by Representative Kremer.
1An Act to renumber and amend
961.14 (4) (t) and 961.55 (8); to amend
(2), 97.02 and 973.01 (2) (c) 2. a.; and to create
20.115 (7) (gc), 94.55, 94.67 (15r), 3
348.27 (18) (a) 1. f., 961.14 (4) (t) 2., 961.32 (3), 961.442, 961.55 (8) (b) and 961.55 4
(9) of the statutes; relating to: growing and processing industrial hemp,
5providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting
6rule-making authority, making an appropriation, and providing a criminal
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.115 (7) (gc) of the statutes is created to read:
(gc) Industrial hemp.
All moneys received under s. 94.55 for 10
regulation of activities relating to industrial hemp under s. 94.55.
94.55 of the statutes is created to read:
194.55 Industrial hemp.
In this section, “industrial hemp” 2
means the plant Cannabis sativa, or any part of the plant including the seeds, having 3
a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of no more than 0.3 percent on a dry 4
weight basis or the maximum concentration allowed under federal law up to 1 5
percent, whichever is greater. “Industrial hemp” includes a substance, material, or 6
product only if it is designated as a controlled substance under the federal Controlled 7
Substances Act under 21 USC 801
or the Uniform Controlled Substances Act 8
under ch. 961 or both.
9(2) Regulation of industrial hemp
. (a) Subject to the provisions under this 10
subsection, a person may plant, grow, cultivate, harvest, sample, test, process, 11
transport, transfer, take possession of, sell, import, and export industrial hemp in 12
this state to the greatest extent allowed under federal law.
(b) 1. The department shall promulgate rules regulating the activities 14
described in par. (a).
2. Except as provided under subds. 3. to 6. and subs. (3) and (4), rules 16
promulgated under this paragraph shall regulate the activities described in par. (a) 17
only to the extent required under federal law, and in a manner that allows the people 18
of this state to have the greatest possible opportunity to engage in those activities.
3. The department shall promulgate rules, as necessary, to ensure the quality 20
of industrial hemp grown or processed in this state, the security of activities related 21
to industrial hemp, and the safety of products produced from industrial hemp, 22
including any necessary testing; to verify adherence to laws and rules governing 23
activities related to industrial hemp; and to enforce violations of those laws and 24
4. The department shall require the payment of an initial fee from any person 2
who plants, grows, or cultivates industrial hemp in this state equal to the greater of 3
$150 or $5 multiplied by the number of acres on which the person will plant, grow, 4
or cultivate industrial hemp, but not to exceed $1,000. The department may also 5
impose an annual fee on any person whose activities related to industrial hemp are 6
regulated by the department under this paragraph, in an amount not to exceed an 7
amount sufficient to cover the costs to the department of regulating those activities, 8
as determined by the department by rule.
5. The department shall ensure that any of the following information that is 10
in the department's possession is confidential and not open to public inspection or 11
copying under s. 19.35 (1), except that it shall be made available to a law enforcement 12
agency or law enforcement officer:
a. Information relating to the locations of industrial hemp fields and processing 14
b. Personally identifiable information relating to a person who is lawfully 16
engaging in activities related to industrial hemp.
c. Information obtained about an individual as a result of any criminal history 18
search performed in relation to authorizing the individual to engage in activities 19
related to industrial hemp.
d. Any other information about activities related to industrial hemp that could 21
create a security risk if disclosed.
6. The department shall promulgate rules setting forth the factors to be 23
considered when determining whether to refer a person for prosecution under s. 24
961.32 (3) (c).
(c) The department shall establish and administer a certification program, or 2
shall designate a member of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies or 3
a successor organization to administer a certification program, for industrial hemp 4
seed in this state. A certification program under this paragraph shall include the 5
testing and certification of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentrations in hemp 6
plants. Participation in the certification program shall be voluntary for growers and 7
cultivators of industrial hemp. The department shall promulgate rules for the 8
administration of any certification program established and administered by the 9
department under this paragraph.
(d) The department of justice shall provide information to the department that 11
the department has identified, by rule, as necessary to administer the provisions 12
under this subsection.
(e) The department may seek federal approval to serve as an importer of 14
industrial hemp seed.
15(3) Pilot program
. The department shall create a pilot program to study the 16
growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp. The department shall 17
promulgate rules to implement the pilot program consistent with the authority 18
under sub. (2) (b). The department shall also do all of the following as part of the pilot 19
(a) Issue licenses that authorize the planting, growing, cultivating, harvesting, 21
sampling, testing, processing, transporting, transferring, taking possession, selling, 22
importing, and exporting of industrial hemp. The department shall identify the 23
requirements for applying for a license, approving or denying a license, and 24
suspending or revoking a license, and shall identify the restrictions and obligations 25
that apply to operating under a license. As part of the application process, the
department shall require an applicant to provide the global positioning system 2
coordinates of the centers of all fields on which the industrial hemp will be planted, 3
grown, cultivated, or harvested. The department shall obtain a criminal history 4
search from the records maintained by the department of justice for each applicant 5
and may not issue a license if the applicant has ever been convicted of a criminal 6
violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act under 21 USC 801
, the 7
Uniform Controlled Substances Act under ch. 961, or any controlled substances law 8
of another state, as indicated in the information obtained from the criminal history 9
search. A license issued under this paragraph does not expire unless the pilot 10
program under this subsection expires or the license is revoked.
(b) Create a registration system that authorizes the sampling, testing, 12
processing, transporting, transferring, taking possession, selling, importing, and 13
exporting of industrial hemp. The department shall obtain a criminal history search 14
from the records maintained by the department of justice for each person applying 15
for registration and may not register an applicant who has been convicted of a 16
criminal violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act under 21 USC 801
the Uniform Controlled Substances Act under ch. 961, or any controlled substances 18
law of another state, as indicated in the information obtained from the criminal 19
(c) Create a form to accompany any transfer of industrial hemp. The 21
department shall identify the information to be included in the form, which shall 22
include any test results showing the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of 23
the industrial hemp being transferred, the amount of industrial hemp being 24
transferred, and the full chain of custody of the industrial hemp being transferred 25
for all transfers of the industrial hemp until it is processed in such a way that it no
longer meets the definition under sub. (1), at which point the form shall be submitted 2
to the department.
. A person who violates any provision of this section, or an order 4
issued or rule promulgated under this section, may be required to forfeit not less than 5
$200 nor more than $5,000 or, for an offense committed within 5 years of an offense 6
for which a penalty has been assessed under this section, may be required to forfeit 7
not less than $400 nor more than $10,000.
94.67 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
“Agricultural commodity" means any plant or part of a plant, animal 10
or animal product produced by a person primarily for sale, consumption, 11
or other use by humans or animals. “
Agricultural commodity” includes
94.67 (15r) of the statutes is created to read:
“Industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa, or any part 15
of the plant including the seeds, having a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol 16
concentration of no more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis or the maximum 17
concentration allowed under federal law up to 1 percent, whichever is greater.
97.02 of the statutes is amended to read:
1997.02 Standards; adulterated food.
For the purposes of this chapter, a food 20
is adulterated if it is adulterated within the meaning of 21 USC 342
, except that the
21department may not consider a food to be adulterated solely because it contains
22industrial hemp, as defined in s. 94.67 (15r), or an industrial hemp product
348.27 (18) (a) 1. f. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 1. f. Industrial hemp, as defined in s. 94.67 (15r).
(t) (intro.) Tetrahydrocannabinols, commonly known as “THC", in 4
any form including tetrahydrocannabinols contained in marijuana, obtained from 5
marijuana, or chemically synthesized, except that tetrahydrocannabinols do not 6
include cannabidiol any of the following:
in a form without a psychoactive effect that is dispensed as 8
provided in s. 961.38 (1n) (a) or that is possessed as provided in s. 961.32 (2m) (b);.
961.14 (4) (t) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
(t) 2. Tetrahydrocannabinols contained in fiber produced from the 11
stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of a Cannabis plant, any other compound, 12
manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of the mature stalks (except 13
the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of a Cannabis 14
plant which is incapable of germination.
961.32 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) In this subsection:
1. “Hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa, or any part of the plant including 18
2. “Industrial hemp" has the meaning given in s. 94.55 (1).
(b) A person who is acting in accordance with rules promulgated by the 21
department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection under s. 94.55 (2) (b) may 22
not be prosecuted for a criminal offense under this chapter, or under any municipal 23
ordinance that prohibits conduct that is the same as that prohibited under this 24
chapter, for any of the following:
1. Planting, growing, cultivating, harvesting, processing, or transporting hemp 2
that contains a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of the crop of not more 3
than 0.7 percent above the permissible limit for industrial hemp on a dry weight 4
basis or that is grown from industrial hemp seed certified under s. 94.55 (2) (c).
2. Selling, transferring, importing, exporting, or taking possession of industrial 6