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Milwaukee Common Council approves industrial hemp resolution

Posted at 3:19 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 16:19:12-05

The Milwaukee Common Council has approved new legislation that will allow the city to possibly create an industrial hemp production facility.

The resolution, sponsored by Alderman Khalif Rainey, directs the Department of City Development to study the likelihood a hemp production plant at the Century City development and report its findings to the Common Council within 90 days.

“This move represents how Milwaukee strives to be an environmentally conscious leader in both the Midwest and throughout the United States,” Alderman Rainey said.

The facility would be built at the intersection of N 35th Street and W Capitol Drive.

Industrial hemp is an eco-friendly crop used for industrial and consumer products. In 2017, the U.S. retail value of hemp was $820 million.