January 20, 2015

Hemp research legalized for Illinois universities

The Daily Illini

Four universities within Illinois, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will soon be able to grow hemp for research purposes, thanks to a new Illinois law, HB 5085.

The law, effective Jan. 1, allows universities, which are registered with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, to cultivate hemp for academic research purposes and must study the hemp’s growth, cultivation or marketing. The other elligible universities are Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.

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