Rauner OKs bill for Illinoisans to grow industrial hemp

Published: Aug. 27, 2018 at 10:52 AM CDT
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DU QUOIN, Ill. (WIFR) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a measure to allow cannabis growth for non-drug uses, including paper ad fabric making, biodegradable plastics, construction materials and health food.

The Industrial Hemp Act, or SB 2298, creates a state licensure program through the Department of Agriculture that will set rules for THC-level testing. It's effective immediately.

“Our farmers lead the nation in corn and soybean production. In signing this bill, Gov. Rauner is providing our framers another crop for their fields and another opportunity to compete nationally," said Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council.

Rauner also signed HB 5749 to ease weight-limit restrictions on state highways during harvest time.

Drivers will be able to seek permits for $500 to exceed gross axle and gross vehicle weight limits. Money will go toward the State Construction Account Fund.

HB 5749 takes effect in July 2019.

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