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Full Text of SB2406  99th General Assembly




State of Illinois
2015 and 2016


Introduced 2/3/2016, by Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson


New Act
505 ILCS 100/2  from Ch. 5, par. 952
720 ILCS 550/3  from Ch. 56 1/2, par. 703

    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 5 years. Preempts home rule powers. Amends the Illinois Noxious Weed Law. Provides that "noxious weed" does not include industrial hemp. Amends the Cannabis Control Act. Provides that "cannabis" does not include industrial hemp.

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1    AN ACT concerning agriculture.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Industrial Hemp Act.
6    Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
7    "Department" means the Department of Agriculture.
8    "Director" means the Director of Agriculture.
9    "Industrial hemp" means fibres, seeds, and roots
10cultivated from plants of the cannabis genus with a THC
11(tetrahydrocannabinol) content of 1% or lower.
12    Section 10. Licenses.
13    (a) Any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate,
14harvest, process, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or
15industrial hemp related products must be licensed by the
17    (b) The application for a license shall include the name
18and address of the applicant and the legal description of the
19land area to be used to grow or process industrial hemp.
20    (c) If the applicant completes the application process to
21the satisfaction of the Department, then the Department shall
22issue the license, which shall be valid for a period of 5



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2    Section 15. Rules.
3    (a) The application and licensing requirements shall be
4determined by the Department and set by rule within 180 days of
5this Act becoming law.
6    (b) The rules set by the Department shall include one
7yearly inspection and one yearly surprise inspection of a
8licensed industrial hemp cultivation operation.
9    (c) The Department shall adopt rules necessary for the
10administration and enforcement of this Act, including rules
11concerning standards and criteria for licensure, for the
12payment of applicable fees, signage, and for forms required for
13the administration of this Act.
14    Section 20. Hemp products. Nothing in this Act shall alter
15the legality of hemp or hemp products that are presently legal
16to possess or own.
17    Section 25. Violation of federal law. Nothing in this Act
18shall be construed to authorize any person to violate federal
19rules, regulations, or laws. If any part of this Act conflicts
20with a provision of the federal laws regarding industrial hemp,
21the federal provisions shall control to the extent of the



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1    Section 30. Home rule. It is declared to be the public
2policy of this State, under subsection (h) of Section 6 of
3Article VII of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, that any
4power or function set forth in this Act to be exercised by the
5State is an exclusive State power or function. The power or
6function shall not be exercised concurrently, either directly
7or indirectly, by any unit of local government, including home
8rule units, except as otherwise provided in this Act. This is a
9limitation of home rule powers.
10    Section 900. The Illinois Noxious Weed Law is amended by
11changing Section 2 as follows:
12    (505 ILCS 100/2)  (from Ch. 5, par. 952)
13    Sec. 2. As used in this Act: (1) "Person" means any
14individual, partnership, firm, corporation, company, society,
15association, the State or any department, agency, or
16subdivision thereof, or any other entity.
17    (2) "Control", "controlled" or "controlling" includes
18being in charge of or being in possession, whether as owner,
19lessee, renter, or tenant, under statutory authority, or
21    (3) "Director" means the Director of the Department of
22Agriculture of the State of Illinois, or his duly appointed
24    (4) "Department" means the Department of Agriculture of the



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1State of Illinois.
2    (5) "Noxious weed" means any plant which is determined by
3the Director, the Dean of the College of Agriculture of the
4University of Illinois and the Director of the Agricultural
5Experiment Station at the University of Illinois, to be
6injurious to public health, crops, livestock, land or other
7property. "Noxious weed" does not include industrial hemp as
8defined and authorized under the Industrial Hemp Act.
9    (6) "Control Authority" means the governing body of each
10county, and shall represent all rural areas and cities,
11villages and townships within the county boundaries.
12    (7) "Applicable fund" means the fund current at the time
13the work is performed or the money is received.
14(Source: P.A. 77-1037.)
15    Section 905. The Cannabis Control Act is amended by
16changing Section 3 as follows:
17    (720 ILCS 550/3)  (from Ch. 56 1/2, par. 703)
18    Sec. 3. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise
20    (a) "Cannabis" includes marihuana, hashish and other
21substances which are identified as including any parts of the
22plant Cannabis Sativa, whether growing or not; the seeds
23thereof, the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and
24any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or



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1preparation of such plant, its seeds, or resin, including
2tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and all other cannabinol
3derivatives, including its naturally occurring or
4synthetically produced ingredients, whether produced directly
5or indirectly by extraction, or independently by means of
6chemical synthesis or by a combination of extraction and
7chemical synthesis; but shall not include the mature stalks of
8such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made
9from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture,
10salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks
11(except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake, or
12the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of
13germination. "Cannabis" does not include industrial hemp as
14defined and authorized under the Industrial Hemp Act.
15    (b) "Casual delivery" means the delivery of not more than
1610 grams of any substance containing cannabis without
18    (c) "Department" means the Illinois Department of Human
19Services (as successor to the Department of Alcoholism and
20Substance Abuse) or its successor agency.
21    (d) "Deliver" or "delivery" means the actual, constructive
22or attempted transfer of possession of cannabis, with or
23without consideration, whether or not there is an agency
25    (e) "Department of State Police" means the Department of
26State Police of the State of Illinois or its successor agency.



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1    (f) "Director" means the Director of the Department of
2State Police or his designated agent.
3    (g) "Local authorities" means a duly organized State,
4county, or municipal peace unit or police force.
5    (h) "Manufacture" means the production, preparation,
6propagation, compounding, conversion or processing of
7cannabis, either directly or indirectly, by extraction from
8substances of natural origin, or independently by means of
9chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and
10chemical synthesis, and includes any packaging or repackaging
11of cannabis or labeling of its container, except that this term
12does not include the preparation, compounding, packaging, or
13labeling of cannabis as an incident to lawful research,
14teaching, or chemical analysis and not for sale.
15    (i) "Person" means any individual, corporation, government
16or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate,
17trust, partnership or association, or any other entity.
18    (j) "Produce" or "production" means planting, cultivating,
19tending or harvesting.
20    (k) "State" includes the State of Illinois and any state,
21district, commonwealth, territory, insular possession thereof,
22and any area subject to the legal authority of the United
23States of America.
24    (l) "Subsequent offense" means an offense under this Act,
25the offender of which, prior to his conviction of the offense,
26has at any time been convicted under this Act or under any laws



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1of the United States or of any state relating to cannabis, or
2any controlled substance as defined in the Illinois Controlled
3Substances Act.
4(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)