While the state passed the Industrial Hemp Act prior to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Illinois Department of Agriculture adopted a set of temporary rules under the Industrial Hemp Act in early 2019. Under these rules, the state’s definition of industrial hemp remained consistent with the federal government’s limit of 0.3% THC by weight.
Applications are processed within 30 days and, if approved, cultivation licenses are valid for up to three calendar years from the date of issuance. Current licensing fees are $1,000 for a three-year license; $700 for a two-year license; and $375 for a one-year license. Under current regulations, anyone with a prior felony related to controlled substances in the 10 years prior to their application date is ineligible for a hemp cultivation license. Failure to comply with licensing procedures may result in fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
The adopted rules also outline the legality of hemp-derived CBD products, including CBD oil. Under the temporary rules, the sale and transfer of all hemp and hemp-derived products that are in compliance with the state and federal definition is legal, both within and outside of Illinois.
Labeling requirements for CBD
In May 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which will legalize recreational cannabis on in January 2020, making the Land of Lincoln the 11th state to allow adult-use marijuana.
Hemp-derived CBD must follow labeling requirements for cannabis-infused products and contain the following:
Hemp-derived CBD products — including CBD oil — are available in a variety of online or retail stores. It’s important to research CBD and purchase products from a reputable source since the manufacture and sale of CBD products remain largely unregulated.
Laws and regulations regarding CBD are evolving nationwide. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The first step towards complete legalization was made when the state decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.
It’s important to remember that the CBD industry is mostly unregulated. Therefore, many of the products found in-store may contain unwanted contaminants or significantly less CBD than advertised.
2. Opt for Full-Spectrum CBD Products
Don’t let these sketchy companies take advantage of you — always educate yourself about the products before you buy.
If you’re feeling ready to make a purchase, read on below for advice on buying CBD online and in-store.
Is CBD Legal in Illinois?
After 30 grams, possession is a felony that can lead to one to three years in jail and a maximum fine of $25,000.