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Abercrombie to sign industrial hemp bill

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:24 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2014

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie plans to sign a bill to establish an industrial hemp research program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Officials in the governor's office said that Abercrombie planned a signing ceremony at the Legislature on Wednesday afternoon.

The bill approves a two-year program to study industrial hemp remediation and biofuel research.

Rep. Cynthia Thielen said in a statement that the law's passing could lead to Hawaii becoming a national and global player in the market for an environmentally-friendly crop. She estimates the U.S. industrial hemp market at $500 million per year.

Hawaii would be the 23rd state to pass industrial hemp legislation once Abercrombie signs the law.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Da hippee rides again!
on April 29,2014 | 06:58AM
lwandcah wrote:
Has anyone explained to NA that you can't smoke this one? If not, he may decide to reconsider.
on April 29,2014 | 09:16AM
krusha wrote:
About time. This is long overdue and probably will turn into a big cash crop for the state with the unlimited uses for industrial hemp.
on April 29,2014 | 07:11AM
serious wrote:
Agreed. Now, let's get lottery gambling to take part of the Billion dollars Hawaiians spend in Las Vegas each year rather than more tax increases.
on April 29,2014 | 08:09AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Let's legalize prostitution while we're at it. Keep those dollars in Hawai`i too!
on April 29,2014 | 08:43AM
serious wrote:
Hanabata, good point. If we legalized it--the politicians would tax it out of business.
on April 29,2014 | 11:13AM
wiliki wrote:
It authorizes a study.... it may be invasive. Let's see....
on April 29,2014 | 09:21PM
Lanikaula wrote:
Yep and all the nay-sayers w/b applying for the jobs in the process.
on April 29,2014 | 09:58AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Wow so students will get free access but the public will not?
on April 29,2014 | 07:40AM
cojef wrote:
If you can't get a pot legislation passed the next best thing is hemp, I guess. Better a little itsy-bitsy amount than the real pakalolo.
on April 29,2014 | 08:38AM
LRC wrote:
The hippie governor strikes again. This is proof he's a hippie. We need to get him out!!!!!
on April 29,2014 | 08:05AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Get ready for one, long, skinny colas per plant. It'll be Thai stick all over again, vut this time with a built-in stick.
on April 29,2014 | 08:45AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I remember those!
on April 29,2014 | 09:48AM
GoldenRule wrote:
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on April 29,2014 | 10:05AM
serious wrote:
Sugar and pineapple were money trees, but the Jones Act and the Unions killed it. Thank you politicians. Why don't we grow limes here???
on April 29,2014 | 11:10AM
Slow wrote:
Industrial hemp has little or no THC. Try smoking your ope. get a buzz? This has everything to do with a viable crop to diversify our economy and noting to do with Abercrombie's hippiness.
on April 29,2014 | 10:18AM
lwandcah wrote:
Maybe I am kidding myself, but I have to believe most of us realize that to be the case (while you could smoke it, you wont get anything except maybe a sore stomach) but just can't help ourselves. After all, if this was a national figure, you know that all the late night shows would be having field day with it.
on April 29,2014 | 10:42AM
wiliki wrote:
Kind of stupid to grow it. Pot would make a better cash crop...
on April 29,2014 | 09:23PM
Anonymous wrote:
This is truly a bunch of political BS. Like sugar, there are many more countries in this world who can do it cheaper than us in Hawaii. This simply distracts from the real issue at hand -- legalization. I wonder if Abercrombie and the state of Hawaii is ready for lawsuits from the legal medicinal folks when this industrial hemp plot pollinates medicinal marijuana with non-active hemp pollen. All growers know it only takes one male plant to pollinate a whole crop. Imagine a whole field. I feel sorry for any of the outdoor medicinal growers on Oahu.
on April 29,2014 | 11:14AM
wiliki wrote:
There'll be a two year study first.... need to see if it's an invasive species. But you're right... Pot is a better cash crop.
on April 29,2014 | 09:25PM
kainalu wrote:
Why fool around, Crombie? Just push for recreational use right off the bat.
on April 29,2014 | 11:33AM
Ronin006 wrote:
I understand there is a provision in the law that requires the governor to be the first person to smoke rope made from the first crop of industrial hemp. I think it is a provision he himself inserted.
on April 29,2014 | 05:49PM
sailfish1 wrote:
What are we going to do with this hemp? Many states already grow hemp and it is also grown in many foreign countries. Nobody is going Hawaiian hemp. And FYI, it is not the same as marijuana - smoking it or eating it will not get you high.
on April 29,2014 | 07:36PM
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