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State senate passes Hutchinson’s Industrial Hemp Act, legislation heads to governor

Illinois would join a growing list of states allowing for the cultivation of industrial hemp under a plan sponsored by Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights). The bill was approved by both houses of the Illinois Legislature and awaits the governor's signature.“Illinois has some of the best farmland in the Midwest,” Hutchinson said. “And with more than 80 percent of our land use tied to agriculture, farmers would finally have the chance to grow and produce a product that is already available in our stores.”Industrial hemp is from the plant species Cannabis sativa and has been . . .

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