IIHA Update #3

Greetings all who are curious about the latest word on the status of Hemp in Illinois. First off, for our third update we have huge news: SB2298 has been signed into law by Gov. Rauner effective immediately!

The Illinois Department of Agriculture now has 120 days to establish the rules and regulations for applicants who want to grow and process hemp. Now is the time to let the ILDA know that this is a great opportunity for all people to benefit even more from the legalization of industrial hemp in Illinois. Click here to leave feedback about what you want to see in the hemp rules and regulations to the ILDA!

Second, we have an update from Hemp Inc. about their company and the federal status of hemp.

Third, a story from the Pekin Daily Times about a local business that uses CBD from hemp to provide medicine to patients who don’t have medical cannabis cards.

Fourth, more news on the federal status of hemp from Politico featuring NHA Chairman Geoff Whaling

Finally, from NPR Illinois, an article about hemp’s patriotic return to Mount Vernon.


Gov. Bruce Rauner signs bill legalizing industrial hemp


  • Illinois’ Industrial Hemp Act, which goes into effect immediately, allows for its use in paper, fabric, biodegradable plastics, construction materials and health food, according to the governor’s office.
  • The state Department of Agriculture will issue licenses to farmers who want to grow it, and regulators will establish rules for THC-level testing of industrial hemp crops.

“The production of industrial hemp has broad support among our farmers and rural families, as they know this will add another potentially significant crop that can be grown in our state,”

“In the early 20th century, Illinois was a national leader in hemp production and I look forward to us returning to that position.”

-Tim Butler, Sponsoring State Rep. R-Springfield


U.S. Moves Closer to Hemp Legalization as Hemp, Inc. Continues to Ramp Up Industrial Hemp Operations Nationwide


  • Recently, the U.S. Senate decided to conference on the historic 2018 Farm Bill to work out disparities between the Senate and the House’s versions of the bill. The Senate’s version of the Farm Bill contains the Hemp Farming Act that would remove industrial hemp from the federal government’s schedule of controlled substances.
  • Hemp Farming Act of 2018 is sponsored by Leader Mitch McConnell and co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of more than two-dozen Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. McConnell, who introduced the Hemp Farming Act, put himself on the conference committee. Lawmakers are also expected to advance the measure when they meet next month to draft the final, bicameral version of the legislation, according to The Washington Post.

“By meeting with farmers across the country we are positioning the company to capture the legalized hemp market nationwide once hemp is federally legalized. We are committed to expanding our growing and processing capabilities by identifying strategic partners who align with our company’s mission and vision,”

“We pride ourselves on having had the vision years ago to create an infrastructure that supports the American farmer who wants to cultivate industrial hemp and be on the forefront of this rapidly growing industry.

-Hemp, Inc. CEO, Bruce Perlowin


Pekin CBDepot offers sundry hemp-based products, accessories


  • Hemp-derived CBDs that are either THC-free or contain only trace amounts of THC — the PlusCBD oil sold at CBDepot, for example, contains less than 0.3 percent THC but more than 0 percent THC — are the main product at the CBDepot at 530 Margaret St. in Pekin, which is opened from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Owner Eric Sweatt held a grand opening for the new store Saturday.
  • Sweatt opened CBDepot to accommodate prospective medical cannabis patients who are waiting to receive medical marijuana cards. Between 20 and 25 percent of those patients, he said, could derive relief from their conditions from simple applications of cannabidiols. Additionally, public safety, law enforcement, or medical professionals who must submit to regular drug tests and therefore cannot use medical marijuana can safely use CBDs.

“My CBD has zero THC, and people using it can pass a drug test,”

“Professional people who can’t use cannabis can have pain, too, and can need relief from it. I need to be able to have those people come in and buy my product, so everything I have is tested to make sure nobody loses their job for using it. I don’t want to be responsible for that, but I do want to be responsible for their relief.”

-Eric Sweatt, Owner of CBDepot



  • Much of the acceptance of industrial hemp boils down to economics. The U.S. hemp market pulled in $820 million in sales in 2017, according to Hemp Business Journal. Because selling American hemp is still largely restricted, parts of the market are highly reliant on products imported from China and Canada. With growth projected at almost $2 billion by 2022, optimism that American growers can take a chunk of this market share is abundant.
  • According to National Hemp Association Chairman Geoff Whaling, there’s demand for millions of acres of hemp fiber for use in auto manufacturing and clothing, but a lack of infrastructure and investment leaves the industry nowhere close to meeting it.

“I had a major women’s apparel company saying that it would like to find American-sourced hemp, but they’re looking for 25 million yards of fabric,”

“No one spins, weaves that amount of fiber in the United States.”

-Geoff Whaling, National Hemp Association Chairman


After Centuries, Hemp Makes A Comeback At George Washington’s Home


  • For the first time in what historians say could be centuries, hemp has been grown and harvested at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic estate.
  • In the 1760s, Washington predicted that hemp could be a more profitable crop than tobacco and grew it across his farm. At the time, hemp was abundant in Virginia and elsewhere in the U.S.
  • This summer, horticulturists at Mount Vernon partnered with the University of Virginia and planted hemp once again.

“It’s been two generations that we last grew hemp. That means it’s lost from the general population’s knowledge or memory,”

“…this is an innocuous plant that has real benefits and our Founding Fathers knew that and they planted it.”

-Brian Walden, Farmer and Hemp Patriot



IIHA Update #2

Greetings all who are curious about the latest word on the status of Hemp in Illinois. In this second update we see more stories related to hemp growing up all around us. We have an Hemp/IL Governor Rauner story first from The AP, featuring Rep. Kelly Cassidy.

Second, the Hemp Business Journal talks about the status of federal legislation. There are some downright discriminatory amendments in the industrial hemp language and elsewhere added as concessions to lawmakers who were critical of hemp in the federal farm bill. The people need Illinois to pass its own hemp legislation before the federal bill becomes law of the land by default.

Third, A story from Kansas City NBC affiliate station. In this 4 minute video you get a clear picture of Kansas’ perspective on hemp. IIHA Agrees with Kansas and supports the same message here in Illinois!

Fourth, from PRNewswire we have a story about record demand for bulk and wholesale industrial hemp. Website traffic has been rising year over year as google searches for hemp products have surged.

Finally, a Globe Newswire out of North Carolina has a story about a large hemp processing facility celebrating success after a year of operation and continued growth. Plants like these still need to be built here in Illinois to accommodate processing industrial hemp crops. Rewarding careers in industrial hemp are on the horizon for Illinois.


Illinois governor OKs allowing medical cannabis at schools


The Republican signed the legislation Wednesday. The new law allows parents or guardians to administer a “cannabis-infused product” to a student on school property or on a school bus if both parent and child have been cleared to use the product by the state’s medical marijuana law.

 …medical marijuana is often necessary for children with debilitating conditions to be able to attend school.

-Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Sponsor


2018 Farm Bill Update: U.S. Moving into Position for Full National Hemp Legalization


Politico reports that McConnell remains confident and believes that the Farm Bill conference report will be ready after Labor Day, setting up lawmakers to vote on the bill in early September. If the Farm Bill passes committee, then it will go to President Trump’s desk for signing head of  November’s mid-term elections.


Hemp imports for the U.S. reached $67.3 million last year and states like Kansas are eager to get in on the action.


“The buzz words are CBD right now and those are very real benefits, but what this [growing hemp] will do for the planet is unbelievable.”

-Brad Claus, Industrial Hemp Investor



  • Traffic to the website rose over 1200% year over year as Google searches for bulk and wholesale CBD oil products derived from registered industrial hemp surged.
  • GlobalCannabinoids.io is the Marketing arm of the largest producer, manufacturer, and distributor of hemp derived phytocannabinoids in the USA.


Hemp, Inc. Industrial Hemp Processing Facility Hits One Year Milestone as Company Expands Cultivation and Processing Infrastructure Across U.S.


Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere, announced today that Hemp, Inc.’s 85,000 square foot, on now 59 acres, industrial hemp processing and manufacturing facility has hit its one year anniversary of being operational as the company continues to expand…



IIHA Update #1

Greetings all who are curious about the latest word on the status of Hemp in Illinois. As you may already know, the S.B. 2298 was passed and was sent for signature to Gov. Rauner where it has remained unsigned for the time being. It is rumored that he will sign the bill into law this month and there is little other talk about it at the moment. Not to worry, because there are still plenty of things happening with Illinois hemp to keep up with.


Sun Times’ Pot Topics talks Rauner, Ashley’s Law, and Hemp


  • Democratic state senator urges Governor Rauner to sign “Ashley’s Law,” one of three cannabis-related bills that have recently been sent to his desk;
  • In addition to “Ashley’s Law,” Rauner is also considering bills that would legalize industrialized hemp and offer medical pot as an opioid replacement. Those bills also received strong bipartisan support in Springfield.


Hemp gets noticed by pharmaceutical industry


-Ned Milenkovich, former vice chairman of the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy


Hemp Business Journal estimates record sales and peak growth in 2019


“As the U.S. hemp market continues to grow at a double digit pace annually, American consumers continue to demonstrate their strong interest in hemp products,”

-Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp


Cannabis-conscious wellness centers like this one are poised to succeed

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“We have grown from a small wellness facility to a clinic with medical doctor distribution channels across the USA. We never expected to grow so much on the retail side that we would eventually jump into national distribution.”

-Kalee Hooghkirk, Owner of Entourage Clinical Services


Bureau County woman champions industrial hemp in her home state


“If more farmers took a chance on hemp, it could help alleviate environmental issues, while providing farmers all kinds of economic benefits.”

-Rachel Berry, Hemp Advocate