Lac Du Flambeau votes in favor of growing Hemp.
Written by Jesse Baroka on July 11, 2019
LAC DU FLAMBEAU – The Lac du Flambeau Tribe thinks it can make money on growing hemp. Last week, by a 116-13 tally, tribal voters approved opening the reservation to industrial hemp. Hemp, a relative of marijuana with low amounts of THC, produces CBD oil, a popular health product. The Tribe believes hemp growth, processing, and production could be profitable. The new rules will strictly control how hemp is grown. But they leave room to make money while providing a product believed to have health benefits. Patients say CBD oil, a hemp product, helps with pain, seizures, and anxiety. The state of Wisconsin legalized hemp last year, and the federal Farm Bill removed it from the list of controlled substances. The Business Development Corporation hopes to pursue hemp growth, processing, or sale soon. It’s waiting on Tribal Council and federal government approval.