SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Division of Agriculture received almost 400 applications to develop or course of action industrial hemp in the very first 24 hours immediately after they became offered.

Agriculture officials stated Wednesday they received 295 applications to develop the plant on 7,100 acres (two,873 hectares). Yet another 74 applications to course of action the harvested crop arrived.

A modify in state law final summer season permitted increasing the crop in Illinois for the very first time in decades. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Tuesday that applications to develop this season are offered.

Hemp has been made use of for centuries to make rope, clothes, meals, lotions and medicines. But it includes the psychoactive chemical THC located in marijuana, so it had been banned. Agriculture inspectors will be testing hemp plots to make sure they remain under the accepted .three% THC level.