Hawaii Issues its First Licenses for Hemp Growers in the Islands

Hawaii Issues First Hemp Growing Licenses
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September 23, 2019

Hawaii has issued licenses to three hemp growers, as part of the state’s new industrial hemp pilot program.

The licenses, granted to farmers on the islands of Kauai and Hawaii, are good for two years. Each of the farms, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, will grow ten acres of hemp using seed imported from China.

“This pilot program is a strong and prudent step in helping to determine the viability of this crop in Hawaii,” Gov. David Ige said in a press release earlier this year. “The Department of Agriculture has conducted extensive planning and has overcome significant legal obstacles to launch this program.”

The Star Advertiser says industrial hemp growers in Hawaii are required to submit reports to the state on a variety of factors; including planting, harvesting, production costs, water usage, security measures and distribution.

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