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As Wisconsin's hemp industry blooms, will marijuana be next?

As Wisconsin's hemp industry blooms, will marijuana be next?When Abbie Testaberg married her husband, Jody, in 2010, she told him to quit his job. He had been working for a medical marijuana cooperative in California when the couple met in Wisconsin. "I wanted him to forget what he was good at and passionate about and get a real job and we could move on with our lives," Testaberg said. For a while, the Testabergs and Abbie's mother ran a cafe in River Falls, Wisconsin. The couple had two sons, both born with congenital disorders. Abbie Testaberg began researching alternative treatments in addition to Western medicine. This exploration led Testaberg back to her husband's previous job cannabis. ___ The nonprofit news outlet Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism provided this article to The Associated Press through a collaboration with Institute for Nonprofit News. ___ "Thinking about alternative healing and wellness options for my kids opened me to the realities of medical cannabis, which my husband already knew," Testaberg said. "On the journey, so far, my biggest interest is better understanding the plant and the endocannabinoid system to consider how my children may benefit." Now, Testaberg has devoted her career to cannabis, and to the production of one form of the plant hemp which recently was legalized in Wisconsin. Testaberg is an authorized hemp grower and processor in Wisconsin, which launched an industrial hemp pilot program in 2018 and now has more than 2,100 applications for licenses in 2019. Hemp is a member of the cannabis sativa plant family the same

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