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Illinois Hemp Study Nixed by Govenor

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Illinois Hemp Study Nixed by Governor

Springfield, IL: Governor George Ryan (R) vetoed legislation
Friday that would have allowed the University of Illinois to grow
non-psychoactive hemp for research purposes. It was the second
time this year Ryan has rejected legislation to study the economic
feasibility of hemp cultivation.

"Ryan's recalcitrance on this issue shows he is playing
politics at the expense of Illinois farmers and deliberately
misrepresenting the facts regarding hemp's economic viability
as an agricultural crop," NORML Executive Director R. Keith
Stroup said.

Ryan said he vetoed the measure, which would have allowed
privately funded research into the cultivation of hemp "varieties
with a zero level of THC," because other studies had convinced
him that it's not a financially lucrative crop. In fact,
several state-sponsored hemp studies have drawn just the opposite

A 1998 study performed by The North Dakota Institute for
Natural Resources and Economic Development found that hemp
could yield profits as high as $141 per acre. A University
of Kentucky study released that same year projected even higher
returns. It concluded that hemp farming could yield a profit
of approximately $320 per acre for fiber production and $600
per acre for raising certified seed.

State Sen. Evelyn Bowles (D-Edwardsville), who sponsored
the hemp-research bill, hopes to override Gov. Ryan's veto.

For more information, please contact either Keith Stroup
or Paul Armentano of NORML at (202) 483-8751.



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