Hawaii Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Hemp with No License Required

A bill that would treat hemp like other crops such as tomatoes, allowing it to be grown by anyone without a license, has been approved by its initial committee in Hawaii.

The House Agricultural Committee approved House Bill 773 with a unanimous 7 to 0 vote. The measure makes it so that “No person shall be subject to any civil or criminal sanctions in this State for planting, growing, harvesting, possessing, processing, selling, or buying industrial hemp”. Hemp would be defined as having no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the active ingredient in cannabis).

The proposal is now in the House Judiciary Committee, where passage would set it up for a vote in the full House. Passage by the full House would sent it to the Senate, where approval would put it to the desk of Governor David Ige for final consideration.

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Hemp Bill Signed Into Law in Hawaii

hempHawaii Governor David Ige has signed into law a bill that establishes a pilot program allowing for the cultivation and production of industrial hemp. The signing comes roughly two months after the measure was approved unanimously by the state’s House and Senate.

Specifically, Senate Bill 2659 calls for the creation of an industrial hemp pilot program that allows farmers who receive a license from the Board of Agriculture to cultivate and produce hemp for agricultural and academic research. The measure provides funding to the Board of Agriculture to help facilitate the program.

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Hawaii Legislative Committee Gives Unanimous Approval to Hemp Legalization Bill

hemptennesseeA bill to establish a pilot program allowing for the cultivation and production of industrial hemp has been given unanimous approval by the state’s House Finance Committee, roughly a month after the measure was unanimously passed by the state’s full Senate.

Senate Bill 2659 would create an industrial hemp pilot program that would allow farmers who receive a license from the Board of Agriculture to conduct agricultural and academic research on the cultivation of industrial hemp and the “distribution of its seed”. The measure would also provide the funding for the Board of Agriculture’s staff to help with the program.

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Hawaii Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Bill to Legalize Hemp

hempfieldHawaii’s full House of Representatives has given unanimous approval to legislation that woud explicitly legalize the cultivation, production and distribution of hemp in the state. The measure – House Bill 2555 – now heads to the Senate, where it’s expected to pass.

Under the proposed law, introduced by Representative Kaniela Ing (D-Kihei) with 34 cosponsors, those wanting to cultivate hemp will be legally authorized to do so, as long as they receive a license from the state’s Department of Argiculture.

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University of Hawaii Receives Approval from DEA to Import Hemp Seeds from Australia

The University of Hawaii has received a permit from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to importhemp seeds hemp seeds from Australia, to be used as part of the state’s Industrial Hemp Research Project.

“This project is just the first step in establishing Hawaii as a leader in the growth and production of industrial hemp and its products,” says Representative Cynthia Thielen.

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