The proposal comes as Hawaii’s last sugar plantation is set to stop sugar production later this year, and the lawmakers say industrial hemp is a viable alternative.

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However, there is a current exemption to growing hemp that was established under the 2014 federal farm bill, which made it legal in every state for research purposes only.

For the last two years, that’s exactly what scientists at the University of Hawaii Waimanalo Research Station have been doing. Other states have also started growing hemp, and 33 states have proposed pro-hemp legislation.

The proposal from Ing and Thielen expands industrial hemp research, growth, and cultivation far beyond it’s current pilot project by opening it up to farmers across the state.

“The research under federal law and state law includes commercial research so the farmers will be allowed and authorized to sell their crop,” Thielen said.

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (Jan. 27, 2016) Bills introduced in the Hawaii legislature would legalize the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes in the state, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice.

A bipartisan coalition of 15 senators introduced Senate Bill 2700 (SB2700) on Jan. 21. The legislation would authorize the growth of industrial hemp as an agricultural product licensed by the department of agriculture and remove all criminal and civil penalties associated with hemp production.

Under the proposed law, “an individual in this state may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, or buy industrial hemp if the industrial hemp does not contain more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol.” The bill also creates a licensing and regulatory structure for hemp production in Hawaii.

Four Republican legislators introduced a House companion bill (HB1969) on Jan. 25.

The federal government maintains virtual prohibition of hemp production, only allowing research facilities to grow the crop with a federal waiver. Passage of this legislation would nullify the federal ban in practice.