November 1, 2014

Tarter: Value of hemp grows in Illinois

Journal Star
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.

“The bill allows for research to be done at universities that offer a four-year ag degree,” said Pollitt, who’s anxious to do his own research on processing hemp fiber.

Illinois could be a leader in the industrial hemp field, he said. “I asked the man in charge of industrial hemp with the Illinois Department of Agriculture if the state was going to be proactive or reactive when it came to industrial hemp? He said, reactive,” said Pollitt, noting that zero funding was attached to the state’s bill.

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