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Hawaii Industrial Hemp Legislation

Hawaii State Legislature

2014
SB 2175
Authorizes the growing of industrial hemp for certain purposes under specified conditions. Introduced in the Senate and first reading on 1/16/2014. Referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture/Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs and Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection/Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor on 1/17/2014.
Download the text of SB 2175 as Introduced here (PDF file 205k).

HB 154
Authorizes the Chair of the Board of Agriculture to establish an industrial hemp remediation pilot program. Appropriates funds. Introduced in the House on 1/18/2013. Carried over to the 2014 Regular Session on 12/18/2013.
Download the text of HB 154 as Introduced here (PDF file 115k).

2013
SB 695
Allows private funded industrial hemp research to be conducted under certain conditions; requires monitoring by the DPS; requires reporting to the respective county law enforcement; exempts agronomic data derived from research from public records disclosure; confers immunity from criminal prosecution for the research. Introduced in the Senate on 1/18/2013.
Download the text of SB 695 as Introduced here (PDF file 74k).

HB 154
Authorizes the Chair of the Board of Agriculture to establish an industrial hemp remediation pilot program. Appropriates funds. Introduced in the House on 1/18/2013.
Download the text of HB 154 as Introduced here (PDF file 115k).

HR 6
Encouraging Congress and the President to re-state that the Congressional intent of the federal Controlled Substances Act is not to prohibit the production of industrial hemp. To be offered in House on 1/18/2013.
Download the text of HR 6 as Introduced here (PDF file 115k).

HCR 3
Encouraging Congress and the President to re-state that the Congressional intent of the federal Controlled Substances Act is not to prohibit the production of industrial hemp. To be offered in House on 1/18/2013.
Download the text of HCR 3 as Introduced here (PDF file 115k).

2012
SB 2890
Allows privately funded industrial hemp research to be conducted in Hawaii under certain conditions; requires monitoring by department of public safety; requires reporting to county law enforcement; exempts agronomic data derived from research from public records disclosure; confers immunity from criminal prosecution for the research. Introduced and Passed First Reading 1/25/2012. Referred to EDT/PGM, JDL on 1/27/2012. The committee(s) on EDT/PGM has scheduled a public hearing on 02-14-12 2:50PM in conference room 224, click here to view the hearing notice.
Download the text of SB 2890 as Introduced here (PDF file 72k).

HB 1820
Allows privately funded industrial hemp research to be conducted in Hawaii under certain conditions; requires monitoring by department of public safety; requires reporting to county law enforcement; exempts agronomic data derived from research from public records disclosure; confers immunity from criminal prosecution for the research. Prefiled on 1/13/2012. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/18/2012. Referred to HLT/PBM, JUD, FIN, referral sheet 2, on 1/19/2012.
Download the text of HB 1820 as Introduced here (PDF file 132k).

HB 1727
Allows privately funded industrial hemp research to be conducted in Hawaii under certain conditions; requires monitoring by department of public safety; requires reporting to county law enforcement; exempts argonomic data derived from research from public records disclosure; confers immunity from criminal prosecution for the research. Prefiled on 1/12/2012. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/18/2012. Referred to HLT/PBM, JUD, FIN, referral sheet 1, on 1/18/2012
Download the text of HB 1727 as Introduced here (PDF file 144k).

2009
HB 305
Provides the authority, procedures, and licensing, related to the production of industrial hemp in the State. Pending introduction on 1/23/09. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/26/09. Referred to Agriculture, Judiciary, and Finance committees on 1/26/09. Testimony for the Agriculture Committee may be emailed to them at this email address. The bill was heard by the Agriculture Committee on 2/6/09 and the committee recommends that the measure be deferred.
Please click here to view the testimony presented to the House Agriculture Committee for the 2/6/09 hearing.
Download the text of HB 305 as Introduced here (PDF file 2.4MB).

2008
HB 1535
Legalizes and regulates the possession and production of, and commerce involving, industrial hemp. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/24/07. Referred to Agriculture, Judiciary, and Finance committees. Carried over from 2007 Regular Session.
Download the text of HB 1535 as Introduced here (PDF file 348k).

2007
HB 1535
Legalizes and regulates the possession and production of, and commerce involving, industrial hemp. Introduced and Pass First Reading on 1/24/07. Referred to Agriculture, Judiciary, and Finance committees. Carried over to 2008 Regular Session.
Download the text of HB 1535 as Introduced here (PDF file 348k).

2002
HB 57
Passed into law.
Download the text of HB 57 as Enrolled here (PDF file 4k).

2001
HB 57
Carried over to 2002 Regular Session.
Download the text of HB 57 as Introduced here (PDF file 4k).

1999
HB 32
Passed into law.

HR 109
Passed into law.

HR 110
Passed into law.


Quick Links Concerning Industrial Hemp in Hawaii

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Hawaii Reports, Studies & Letters

Final Report - Hawaii Industrial Hemp Research Project
By David P. West, Ph.D.
2003, 4 pages
(PDF file 12k)

State Legislative Action for the Development of a Hemp Industry in the U.S.
A chart prepared for Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen that tracks the progress of hemp legislation in the United States
Updated May 3, 2001, 8 pages
(PDF file 20k)

Letter to Representative Cynthia Thielen
The March 30, 2001 letter from Toni P. Teresi (DEA Chief, Office of Congressional Affairs) to Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen. Clarifies the DEA's current position on the Proposed Hemp Rules "Use Of Marijuana For Industrial Purposes" and spells out the DEA's responsibilities under the Administrative Procedure Act with respect to Publication of Rules and Public Comment.
March 30, 2001, 2 pages
(PDF file 520k)

Letter to President Bush
The February 9, 2001 letter from a bi-partisan group of Hawaii legislators to President George W. Bush. The February 5, 2001 version of the "State Legislative Action for the Development of a Hemp Industry in the U.S." chart was sent along with the letter. Also enclosed was a copy of the April 7, 2000 letter from Hawaii Gov. Benjamin Cayetano to DEA Administrator Donnie Marshall.
February 9, 2001, 3 pages
(PDF file 468k)

Industrial Hemp [Cannabis sativa] - Economic Viability and Political Concerns
By Gertrude Roth-Li
Minority Research Staff, for Rep. Cynthia Thielen, Minority Floor Leader, Hawaii Legislature
April 17, 1996, 18 pages
(PDF file 28k)


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