Quinn signs law allowing study of industrial hemp

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CHICAGO – Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp, which comes from the same marijuana plant that is smoked.

The law says an institution of higher education or the state’s Agriculture Department can study the growth, cultivation and marketing of hemp. Those wanting to participate have to notify the state and local law enforcement and provide reports to the state.

The state approved a plan legalizing medical marijuana last year.

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