HONOLULU, Hawaii, March 1, 2013—Multiple members of the Hawaii state legislature introduced another bill supporting the production of Industrial Hemp. The bill officially is called HB154 HD2, to establish an industrial hemp research pilot program. The vote for it was unanimous and it now moves into the Senate.
"People now understand how industrial hemp can benefit Hawaii," said State Representative Cynthia Thielen (R, 50th District: Kailua, Kaneohe Bay), who cosponsored HB154. "The hemp plant itself uses phytoremediation to cleanse the soil of pesticides, heavy metals, oil, and other toxins."
A primary focus of the research is phytoremediation, the process by which the hemp plant draws toxins out of the soil and processes them safely through its roots, stalk, branches, and leaves.
"Adding industrial hemp as a source of biofuel is another avenue worth pursuing," Thielen said. "Reducing our dependence on foreign oil through the use of a renewable resource would be very good for Hawaii."
This happens soon after State Senator from Kansas City, Missouri Holsman introduced an Industrial Hemp bill in Jefferson City. Missouri had followed Kentucky, which is now stalled due to the actions of Representative McKee. Rep. McKee refused to allow a vote on the Hemp bill in Kentucky state house.
Steven Wilson of the Central Missouri Industrial Hemp Network had this to say about the Hawaii bill, “This is an exciting moment for Hemp because of Hawaii’s climate this could prove the viability of strategic full year hemp crop yields. Coupled with the experiments currently underway in South Africa and their hybrid seedlings, this is starting out as an awesome year for the farmer and agro-centric business. This will also address the origins of scientific research on Industrial Hemp. As Americans can now hear it straight from an American farmer and an American researcher. It also indicates that Missouri is not alone in the fight for Farm Freedom and sovereignty.”
To find out more from Hawaii state Legislature, please visit http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/house.aspx
To find out more from Steven Wilson, please visit http://missourihempnetwork.blogspot.com or call 573-416-0075