Several people arrested in Columbia Co. after stealing from hemp farms

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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) -- Several people were recently arrested after they attempted to harvest and remove hemp plants from properly licensed farms.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, it is a crime to harvest the plants without the proper licensing. Harvesting without permission from the license holder and land owner could result in criminal charges for theft and trespassing.

In 2019, more than 1,400 people in Wisconsin applied to be hemp farmers.