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Clark Co. group begins selling hemp under state pilot program

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CLARK COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -

On Hewett Street in Neillsville, the Degenhardt family set up their hemp shop.

It's part of the state's new "Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program," and Cannabis Cultivators of Clark County is the first operation of its kind in Wisconsin. 

"I want to be the pioneer, I just want to get the ball rolling," said Jamie Degenhardt, one of the founders. "We got our grower's permit, our processing permit."

They don't just sell hemp, they're also working to educate people on the difference between hemp - which is legal - and marijuana - which isn't.

"Cannabis can either be defined by marijuana or industrial hemp," Degenhardt explained. "Marijuana will produce more than 0.3 percent of THC, and hemp has been bred to only process less than 0.3 percent. THC is the psychoactive compound that's associated with the high."

Still, the group faces controversy. Organizers of the Clark County Fair would not let them set up a booth, saying law enforcement officers would have trouble determining if people were using their hemp, or actual marijuana. 

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