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Illinois Farmers Can Now Grow Industrial Hemp Under New Bill

August 27, 2018 - 10:02 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois farmers will be able to add industrial hemp to their crop production under a bill signed over the weekend by Governor Bruce Rauner.

Hemp products are already sold throughout the state, but Illinois farmers couldn't previously grow it on their own according to Rauner.

“Industrial hemp can be used for many great uses: paper, fabric, biodegradable plastics, and construction materials. We want to make sure Illinois farmers are able to compete and grow in their product distribution just the way farmers in some other states are able to,” he says.

The issue has been debated for years since the hemp plant carries trace amounts of T-H-C.

The governor also signed a bill easing weight limit restrictions on state highways during harvest time.