ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Farmers in the state are quickly lining up to cash in on a once outlawed crop: hemp.
Lawmakers voted almost unanimously to open the doors for farmers to start growing and manufacturing the plant into goods. More than a dozen states have already done the same.
For decades, hemp has had a bad rep. It’s because it looks almost identical to marijuana, but it can’t get someone high. Still, some law enforcement say legalizing it is a poor choice in judgment.
Hemp can be made into anything from shampoo to wood used in construction. With the cost of soybeans and corn dwindling, some farmers say this is a chance to make more money again.
The National Hemp Association estimates by 2020, hemp will be a $2 billion industry. Right now, Congress is considering a bill to legalize hemp growth on the federal level.