Hawaii Passes Industrial Hemp Bill; Gov. Expected to Sign
Hawaii lawmakers have advanced a bill that would make the state’s temporary industrial hemp marketplace permanent; the governor is expected to sign the bill.
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Hawaii lawmakers have passed a bill to make permanent the state’s industrial hemp program, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports. The measure was passed on the last day available for conference committees to approve bills.
State Rep. Richard Creagan, a Democrat who was on one of the conference committees that passed the bill, called it “a victory for all the small farmers” of Hawaii. Creagan indicated Gov. David Ige would sign the legislation. A similar bill failed to pass last month.
Under the current program, the Board of Agriculture sets limits on the number of industrial hemp licenses given out by the state. Creagan said the committee removed language from the bill wherein that rule would have remained in place until the full program was established – which is expected next year.138
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