Illinois Gov. Signs Hemp Legalization Bill
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill to legalize industrial hemp on Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Illinois Industrial Hemp Act takes effect immediately and legalizes the harvesting and use of hemp for paper, fabric, plastics, construction materials, and food.
Illinois’ House of Representatives had approved the hemp legalization bill by a 106-3 vote; the Senate voted unanimously for the bill.
“Legalizing the farming of industrial hemp just makes good sense. Roughly 38 states — including our neighbors in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee — have allowed or are considering allowing cultivation of this crop for commercial, research or pilot programs. Our farmers should have this option as well.” — Gov. Bruce Rauner, in a statement
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