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 Bill Status of HB2668  98th General Assembly


Short Description:  INDUSTRIAL HEMP ACT

House Sponsors
Rep. Kenneth Dunkin - Jim Sacia - Mike Smiddy and Naomi D. Jakobsson

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  12/3/2014HouseSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act


Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Industrial Hemp Act. Provides that any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Provides that the application for a license shall include the name and address of the applicant and the legal description of the land area to be used to grow or process industrial hemp and that the license shall be valid for a period of one year. Requires an applicant to complete a statewide and nationwide criminal background check. Provides that no person with a prior felony conviction within 10 years of applying for a license shall be eligible for licensure. Preempts home rule.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Adds reference to:
New Act
720 ILCS 550/3from Ch. 56 1/2, par. 703
740 ILCS 20/3from Ch. 70, par. 903

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the introduced bill with changes. Amends the Industrial Hemp Act. Provides that any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate, or harvest industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products must be licensed by the Department (instead of grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp). Makes other changes. Creates the Industrial Hemp Research Act. Provides that public universities in the State, except the University of Illinois at Chicago, are authorized to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in this State. Provides that the authority to study industrial hemp expires on January 1, 2019 and is subject to renewal. Provides that any study shall include an analysis of required soils and growing conditions, seed availability and varieties, including in-the-ground seed variety trials, harvest methods, market economies, and environmental benefits and research shall include finding high producing, high quality varieties with a zero percent level of THC. Provides that any public university in the State shall obtain all federal and State permits needed to legally grow industrial hemp for fiber or seed production prior to importing any non-sterilized industrial hemp seeds capable of germination into the State. Amends the Cannabis Control Act and the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Tort Claims Act. Provides that "cannabis" does not include industrial hemp solely as authorized for the purposes of the Industrial Hemp Research Act.

House Floor Amendment No. 2
Adds reference to:
New Act
720 ILCS 550/3from Ch. 56 1/2, par. 703
740 ILCS 20/3from Ch. 70, par. 903

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of House Amendment No 1 with changes. Deletes language that created the Industrial Hemp Act. Further amends the Industrial Hemp Research Act. Provides that public universities (including the University of Illinois in Chicago) in the State are authorized to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the State.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/21/2013HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Kenneth Dunkin
  2/21/2013HouseFirst Reading
  2/21/2013HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  3/4/2013HouseAssigned to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
  3/6/2013HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Jim Sacia
  3/15/2013HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Kenneth Dunkin
  3/15/2013HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  3/18/2013HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
  3/19/2013HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Agriculture & Conservation Committee; by Voice Vote
  3/19/2013HouseDo Pass as Amended / Standard Debate Agriculture & Conservation Committee; 009-008-000
  3/20/2013HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Standard Debate
  4/10/2013HouseSecond Reading - Standard Debate
  4/10/2013HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Standard Debate
  4/12/2013HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson
  4/12/2013HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Kenneth Dunkin
  4/12/2013HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/15/2013HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
  4/16/2013HouseSecond Reading - Standard Debate
  4/16/2013HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted
  4/16/2013HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Standard Debate
  4/17/2013HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Mike Smiddy
  4/18/2013HouseThird Reading - Consideration Postponed
  4/18/2013HousePlaced on Calendar - Consideration Postponed
  4/19/2013HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  12/3/2014HouseSession Sine Die

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