Industrial Hemp

New York Police Department via AP

NEW YORK — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced new rules that help clear the way for commercial cultivation of hemp in the country, Hawaii  included.

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More than half of hemp crops cultivated in Hawaii in the past year were unusable due to high THC levels, officials said.

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It's illegal in Hawaii to manufacture, distribute or sell products containing cannibidiol or CBD but that hasn't stopped businesses from setting up shop in the islands. The state Health Department has taken the approach to educate retailers before it starts to fine them in the face of CBD industry’s rapid growth.

David Zalubowski / AP

Hawaii’s pet owners are increasingly turning to cannabidoil, a component of hemp, to help their beloved animals with physical and behaviorial problems, local veterinarians say. But several legislators and animal experts want to see the hemp-derived remedies regulated.

Matt Barton / University of Kentucky Ag Communications

Gov. David Ige announced vetoes of 18 bills passed in 2019, including one that would have loosened the restrictions on growing hemp in Hawaii. Farmers are frustrated, but the governor says patience is required to stay in line with federal rules.

Doug Fine

  This morning we heard from farmers on Kauai and Maui in advance of an upcoming Hemp Conference this weekend. What is the way forward? What are the barriers in the way of success? What other states have pulled out in front of Hawaii in the search for an alternative crop here in the islands now that the sun has set on sugar? What are the downsides of growing hemp? How much water does it use? Some states are wrestling with the noxious smell, or regulations that are slow to materialize.

Our guests today were:  

Industrial Hemp Pilot Project Advances

Dec 13, 2016
Wikipedia

A pilot program to grow Industrial Hemp locally is moving forward, in part, to address the end of sugar production on Maui.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update. 

The Conversation: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Jun 1, 2016
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Hawaii on the Hill; Celebrating Hemp; Take A Staycation in Honolulu; Making It As A Playwright

Hawaii on the Hill: Sherry Menor-McNamara

Industrial Hemp Measures Moving Through Legislature

Feb 11, 2016
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There are a handful of bills dealing with industrial hemp before the state legislature this session.   Some lawmakers are looking at ways to help 675 Maui sugar workers who are scheduled to lose their jobs at the end of the year.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.