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Hutchinson’s bill OKs growing industrial hemp on Illinois farms

Legislation allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp in Illinois was signed into law Aug 26.  Senate Bill 2298, co-sponsored by Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights, creates the Industrial Hemp Act and allows farmers to apply to the Illinois Department of Agriculture for a license to cultivate and process industrial hemp. “Illinois has some of the best farmland in the Midwest, with fertile agricultural land across all regions of our state,” Hutchinson said. “This new law ensures our farmers have the ability to produce a product that is already available in our stores.” In 2014 . . .

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