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How to Apply for a Hemp License in Illinois

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp (cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) and its derivatives, including CBD, nationwide. It allows and requires states to create their own regulation regarding hemp cultivation, processing, transportation, etc.

In Illinois, the hemp program was launched on May 1, 2019. See the final Illinois hemp rules.

What you will need to apply for a hemp cultivation license:

1. The name and address of the person or entity applying for the cultivation license
2. The type of business or organization, such as corporation, LLC, partnership, sole proprietor
3. Business name and address if different than 1), above
4. The legal description of the land area, including Global Positioning System coordinates of each Contiguous Land Area, to be used to cultivate industrial hemp
5. A map of the Land Area on which the applicant plans to grow industrial hemp, showing the boundaries and dimensions of the growing area in acres or square feet
6. $100 application fee ($1000 for a three year license; $700 for a two year license; and$375 for a one year license)
7. The variety(ies) of Industrial Hemp that are intended for cultivation

What you will need to apply for a hemp processing license:

1. The name and address of the person or entity applying for the processor registration
2. The business type such as a corporation, LLC, partnership, sole proprietor, etc.
3. The business name and address if different than 1) above
4. The nature of the processing by the registrant
5. $100 application fee ($1,000 license fee if approved)

Other notes: The license fees are for each non-contiguous land area and each indoor cultivation operation. Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. No person who has been convicted of any controlled substances related felony, in the previous ten (10) years from the date of the application will be eligible to obtain a license. You can modify and change your license later on without any additional fees.

View the hemp regulation guide by Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

Illinois is currently finalizing its rules after a 45-day public comment period. In another 45 days, the Illinois Department of Agriculture must release the final rules to be submitted to the USDA for approval.

Some of the main issues/restrictions in the proposed rules include:

  • a 90 day waiting period from the time you submit your application to planting seed
  • for outdoor cultivation, the land area must be a farm as defined in Section 1-60 of the Property Tax Code (no such requirement for indoor cultivation)
  • separate licenses for handlers/processors and cultivators. You would need to submit two applications if both are desired.
  • seeds must be AOSCA certified, which is perhaps the biggest setback for growing CBD-rich varieties this year

Once the Illinois Department of Agriculture finalizes their rules and submits them to USDA, the USDA has up to 90 days to review and approve.

Updated: 05/05/2019 The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp (cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) and its derivatives, including CBD, nationwide. It allows and requires states to create their own regulation regarding hemp cultivation, processing, transportation, etc. In Illinois, the hemp program was launched on May 1, 2019. Se

Illinois Hemp License Application Process

How to get a cannabis cultivation license in Illinois?

On April 30, 2019 – Illinois released its hemp application form. You can find your Illinois industrial hemp license application in the link below. We are pleased to help you find it faster.

Illinois industrial hemp license application is easy to navigate, but the whole process from application to seed to sale is how we are helping businesses that want to expand their hemp operations into Illinois, feel free to give us a call to discuss your company’s business goals in CBD or industrial hemp.

Illinois Industrial Hemp License is Open for 2020

The Illinois hemp law has not only been passed, but also the regulations have been published, which means that it is the ready for its first growing season.

The public comment period for the new rules on Hemp expired on February 11, 2019, according to the latest edition of the Department of Agriculture’s Common Ground publication. The rules are finalized and Industrial hemp applications for licenses to cultivate or registrations to process the hemp are expected any day now.

Illinois’ Industrial Hemp Act goes into effect for the 2019 crop year. While the early adopters may reap some of the benefits, over the years hemp could become a common sight along corn and soybeans in the farmland of the state.

Definition of Industrial Hemp

Section 5 of the Industrial Hemp Act defines Industrial Hemp as:

“Industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis that has been cultivated under a license issued under this Act or is otherwise lawfully present in this State, and includes any intermediate or finished product made or derived from industrial hemp.

Let’s unpack what that means.

  1. cannabis sativa is hemp, but also…
  2. that cannabis sativa has no more than 0.3 percent dry weight of THC, and
  3. it has been cultivated under license, or otherwise lawfully present in the state of Illinois, and
  4. any other product made or derived from hemp

Got those four points?

The regulations include the following rules:

  1. No person may grow hemp without a license
  2. No person may handle hemp without a license
  3. All seeds, clones and transplants must be certified under AOSCA.
  4. minimum space of one-quarter acre for outdoor and 500 sq.ft. for indoor growing
  5. A completed Illinois hemp license application must be submitted to the state BEFORE growing

Recently, the state of Illinois also released its application requirements for hemp – they are as follows:

    1. The name and address of the applicant
    2. The type of business or organization, such as corporation, LLC,
      partnership, sole proprietor, etc.;
    3. Business name and address, if different than the ones submitted in
      response to subsection (a)(1);
    4. The legal description of the land area, including Global Positioning
      System coordinates, to be used to cultivate industrial hemp;
    5. A map of the land area on which the applicant plans to grow industrial
      hemp, showing the boundaries and dimensions of the growing area in
      acres or square feet;
    6. Documentation to prove the land area is a farm as defined in Section 1-60
      of the Property Tax Code; and
    7. The applicable fee of $1,100.

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