Hawaiian Hemp Research Cultivation Bill! 

Hawaiian Hemp Research Cultivation Bill! 
Posted by FoM on April 23, 1999 at 07:49:51 PT
In Final Stages! 
Source: NORML
Honolulu, HI The Legislature narrowly approved a measure last week allowing hemp cultivation for research purposes, but still must debate the bill's amendments in conference committee. House Bill 32's sponsor, Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R-Kailua), said that Gov. Ben Cayetano (D) supports the measure and will sign the bill by June. 
"While other states have approved hemp research, Hawaii is the first to approve state-sponsored research that includes the possibility of cultivation," NORML Executive Director R. Keith Stroup, Esq. said.   House Bill 32 permits "privately funded ... research on the agronomic potential of industrial hemp." Thielen says she anticipates cooperation from federal officials to conduct the research, which may include allowing "seed variety trials of industrial hemp." She added that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) may soon unveil "revised security measures for industrial hemp that will not be cost prohibitive or as harsh as those for marijuana."   The bill defines industrial hemp as marijuana that contains no more than three-tenths of one percent THC.   For more information, please contact either Keith Stroup or Paul Armentano of NORML   (202) 483-5500. To download a copy of this legislation, please visit: To read about additional state reform legislation, please visit the NORML website at: 
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