Illinois Legalizes Industrial Hemp

By Larry Mishkin, Hoban Law Group, Litigation Practice Group Counsel

Last month, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 2298, the Illinois Industrial Hemp Act, which became effective immediately. The act allows Illinois farmers, in conjunction with a university or other recognized research group, to cultivate industrial hemp for research and commercial purposes. Industrial hemp is defined as a cannabis plant with a delt tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of less than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.