Gov. Bruce Rauner signs bill legalizing Industrial Hemp

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Saturday signed a bill legalizing industrial hemp, adding Illinois to a growing list of states that allow the growth of cannabis for non-drug purposes.

“Legalizing the farming of industrial hemp just makes good sense,” Rauner said in a statement. “Roughly 38 states — including our neighbors in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee — have allowed or are considering allowing cultivation of this crop for commercial, research or pilot programs. Our farmers should have this option as well.”

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.

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New CBD line “Dr. Gupta” is a bit confusing

A company called Tree of Knowledge announced they are launching a line of hemp-derived CBD products for Dr. Sanjay Gupta, which they are calling “Dr. Gupta’s”.

The product line is to include capsules, CBD tinctures and salves.

The rub? It’s not named after the famous CNN chief medical correspondent by the same name.

Dr. Gupta responded to the initial story and tweet with a request for correction.

In July of this year Tree of Knowledge became a publicly traded company on the Canadian securities exchange.