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HEMP: It literally could save southern Illinois

Posted by on Friday, May 4th, 2018 @ 6:30 am.

A beautiful field of hemp (from thehempnews.com)

CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois Growers Network (SIGN) applauds the Illinois Senate for passing Senate Bill 2298 which legalizes the growing of industrial hemp in Illinois.

The bill removes hemp from the “noxious weed” category and clearly distinguishes it from its cousin, marijuana. Industrial Hemp contains less than .03 percent of THC, the psycho-active component in marijuana and thereby cannot be used in any way to “get high.” Rather, industrial hemp provides materials that can be processed into food, health care products, building materials, clothing and textiles, bio-fuels, as well as provide a bio-degradable substitute for the toxic chemicals found in plastics.

Industrial hemp has the power to rejuvenate the rural economy of southern Illinois by providing another crop for farmers to grow and thereby take the pressure off corn and bean prices. It can also be processed by small manufacturing operations, including cottage industries.

SIGN is asking the farmers and small business people of southern Illinois to call your House representatives and encourage them to support this key legislation.

The Southern Illinois Growers Network will be sponsoring a community forum for farmers and other interested parties to ask questions about the history of industrial hemp, growing techniques, and marketing opportunities. The event will be held on Sunday, June 10th from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Jackson County Agricultural Extension Office, 402 Ave Road, Murphysboro, Ill., 62966. Coffee and snacks will be served. Everyone is invited. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information call 618-697-1474.



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