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Governor to sign industrial hemp bill

April 29, 2014
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. Neil Abercrombie plans to sign a bill to establish an industrial hemp research program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Officials in the governor's office said Monday that Abercrombie planned a signing ceremony this afternoon.

Rep. Cynthia Thielen said in a statement that the law's passing could lead to Hawaii becoming a national and global player in the market for an environmentally friendly crop. She estimates the U.S. industrial hemp market at $500 million per year.

Hawaii would be the 23rd state to pass industrial hemp legislation once Abercrombie signs the law.

 
 
 

 

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