Illinois opens applications to grow industrial hemp

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture has opened up the application process to grow and process industrial hemp.

“Industrial hemp is a potentially billion-dollar industry that Illinois will now take part in. From farming and processing to sales and exports, this will have a massive impact on our state’s economy,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Hemp contains only small amounts of THC and can be used for thousands of products, such as clothing materials, and food. It can also be used to make CBD oil to help treat inflammation, anxiety and other symptoms. All industrial hemp will be tested to make sure it complies with state and federal laws on THC content, which is 0.7 percent or less.  

Applications are available to the public for $100. 

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