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Global Hemp Heralds the Passage of Illinois Bill HB 5085

Posted on August 29, 2014
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The growing of industrial hemp (“hemp”) in Illinois for research purposes will become legal on January 1, 2015 thanks to Governor Quinn’s signing of HB 5085 on August 26th, 2014. This marks the third time hemp legislation has been put before a governor in the state. The two prior attempts were made in 1999 and 2000, but both were vetoed by Governor Ryan.

Illinois Hemp Research Bill

Posted on May 21, 2014
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Global Hemp President Eric Pollitt’s lobbying for an industrial hemp research bill has finally paid off as the Illinois Senate passed HB 5085 on Monday, May 19th, with all voting in favor of the bill. Two prior Industrial Hemp bills, one in 1999 and another in 2000, passed the House and Senate, yet were vetoed by Governor Ryan, who stated a lack of private funding for research led to his veto of the second bill. Mr. Pollitt worked with State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria, IL) to create the bill, and HB 5085 acts as a research bill, one that will allow the industry to move forward.

Board votes to back industrial hemp growth

Posted on October 21, 2004

The DeKalb County Board voted Wednesday to support the growing of industrial hemp — a distant cousin of marijuana — for research purposes that could one day allow farmers to cultivate the crop on a more widespread basis.

Board asks state for legalized hemp

Posted on October 20, 2004

A Wednesday decision by the DeKalb County Board could make it easier for DeKalb farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Our Opinion: Industrial hemp won’t go to pot

Posted on October 18, 2004

Although politicos have every right to be concerned about the legalization of growing industrial hemp, they, like many people, shouldn’t become dazed about the actual use of the crop.

County Board committee seeks support of hemp cultivation

Posted on October 14, 2004

DeKalb officials and farmers want to grow industrial hemp in addition to the usual corn and soybeans. Currently, industrial hemp is illegal to grow in Illinois, even for research purposes. Julia Fauci, a DeKalb County Board member, said that is the first hurdle that stands in the way of bringing the versatile crop to Illinois.

Illinois Farmers Hope To Grow Hemp

Posted on July 29, 2004

Many Illinois farmers raised the plant, including Paul Taylor’s father. The old hemp processing plant still stands near his family’s Esmond farm. Taylor said he would like to put the building to good use once again.

Illinois chose old stereotypes over economic potential

Posted on November 30, 2000

It is time for us all to replace our association of hemp to drug users with an association to our state’s struggling farmers. The Illinois Senate saw the vast benefits of asking two major universities to study the uses of industrial hemp last April. But Tuesday, the House was two votes shy of what would have been a step forward for Illinois agriculture.

Hemp bill up in smoke

Posted on November 29, 2000

A bill allowing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale to research potential uses of industrial hemp for Illinois farmers was rejected Tuesday by the Illinois House of Representatives 69-34.

Hemp Study Bill Narrowly Misses Approval

Posted on November 29, 2000

A plan to authorize a study of industrial hemp — a biological relative of marijuana — fell two votes short of approval Tuesday in the Illinois House. But its House sponsor, Republican Rep. Ron Lawfer of Stockton, plans to seek another vote in January. He believes the measure could pass then.