The Governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers is told to reconsider the state’s categorization of industrial hemp and the plant’s derivatives as non-essentials. Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s, Wisconsin Hemp Alliance’s, plus Wisconsin Hemp Farmers and Manufacturers Association’s executives wrote a letter to the state governor. In the letter, they discussed the WEDC’s view that cannabidiol stores, the trade of the aforesaid plant and its derivatives are not essential under the Safer at Home Order. As per this governor order, every ‘non-essential business’ must close except for some operations such as delivery services.
Despite the directive, it is worth noting that some of these businesses are opening their doors to customers in certain parts of the state.
The officials described the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s view as a ‘misguided’ one while terming hemp operations ‘essential’. They also told that coronavirus epidemic makes millions of state residents much stressed and anxious, and that several of them would seek counseling and antidepressants. They told that going to local cannabidiol outlets would let people “get the advice and product they seek” for “any physical, emotional or mental anguish they may be experiencing.”
The industry leaders’ letter highlights the several applications of industrial hemp in various categories, which include food and drink, plus personal care. The officials told that Wisconsin’s hemp agriculturalists are wondering how the choice affects them, with the season of outdoor growing just around the corner. The possible effects of the decision that the hemp farmers point to are shared below.
- Whether they could buy seeds to plant or not;
- Whether fertilizers and seeds are transportable for them; and,
- Whether greenhouse hemp manufacturing would need to close.
The industry leaders expect two things from their note to the governor:
- That it helps to clarify the diversity of hemp derivatives; and,
- That it enlightens the WEDC enough to reconsider their stance.
Several individuals wonder why liquor shops, plus guns and ammo retailers and suppliers are considered essentials while CBD stores are not. They have a nuance because, after all, local CBD outlets deal in goods containing a substance having medicinal properties that are beneficial for health. Some of these contain the best CBD oil for anxiety, stress, and other health conditions.
The industry leaders have listened to the concern of those individuals, and they have rightly discussed it in the letter.