MARSHFIELD - Almost 50 years passed before farmers across the state could grow one of their favorite plants. But recently, the hemp plant was legalized for farmers to grow and make into things like CBD oil, or even a snack.
People gathered in Marshfield Saturday to learn a little more about hemp.
One woman, Teri Koepke, said her life was completely changed because of it. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.
"In December I was told I wouldn't be alive in February," said Koepke.
But Koepke used hemp to reduce cancer cells in her bloodstream.
"I would absolutely say it saved my life. 100 percent," said Koepke.
James Naumann, Greenleaf Events LLC owner, helped put on the event. He said it's to educate the public on what hemp can do for people like Koepke.
"We got right on the front of this because it is a situation that can help so many," said Naumann. "We don't want people to have that stigma and be worried they'll be busted by the law or pass a drug test. And we want people to feel better, of course!"
He also wanted to bust commons myths like hemp making people high.
"I could ingest this entire container and I would never get high from it," said Koepke.
The most important thing to both of them is reconnecting people with this plant after 50 years.
"Being able to share these products with people that is changing their lives as well as my own; I don't think there is a better thing I can offer in the world than being able to help," said Koepke.
The next hemp expo will be in March in Milwaukee.
Naumann said he plans on hosting more throughout the state to keep educating people on the benefits of this plant.
MILWAUKEE - City and county officials in Milwaukee have released a list of recommendations to fight overdose deaths caused by drugs, which include increasing access to resources and education efforts.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force's recommendations include developing safe needle exchange programs, offering rapid drug testing kits and creating incentives to encourage property owners to rent to recovering patients.
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