Hawaii Hemp Law

Laws and Resolutions Authorizing Hemp Research

Year Passed: 2001
Summary: The Hawaii Legislature approved House Bill 32 allowing "privately funded" hemp research to be conducted in Hawaii. This legislation allows such research only when the "state department of public safety issues a controlled substance registration, and the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration issues a federally-controlled substance registration for research on the agronomic potential of industrial hemp." This legislation defines industrial hemp as "marijuana that contains 0.3 percent or less of THC." An initial test plot of industrial hemp was cultivated in accordance with this law in spring 2000.

Year Passed: 1996
Summary: The Hawaii Legislature approved House Resolution 71 and House Concurrent Resolution 63 resolving "to conduct a study on the economic potential, problems, and other related matters of growing nonpsychoactive industrial cannabis hemp as an agricultural product in Hawaii." The state study was completed in January 1997.

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