ILLINOIS: Medical marijuana has made plenty of headlines across Illinois this year as various interests scurry to serve as production and distribution facilities.
Lost in the shuffle is an update on industrial hemp in this state.
That’s the non-sexy little brother in the cannabis family that won’t get you high or comfort the afflicted. All industrial hemp does is produce seeds and fiber that can be used in making clothing, food, beverages, paper, plastics, building supplies and fuel.
Eric Pollitt, the Peoria owner of the Global Hemp online store, reports that this summer, without any fanfare, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill making industrial hemp legal for research purposes.