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On Wednesday,14th July 2020, the Hawaiian Senate unanimously passed a law to legalise the growing, processing, and sale of industrial hemp.
The bill is now in its final stages, all that remains is Governor David Ige to sign it into law.
The primary elections will be underway in less than a month. Candidates running in the 2020 primary have already expressed their views on hemp.
Simon Russel asked for the state to support the planting of building grade hemp to solve the housing crisis.
Monique Perreira, also has a similar stance regarding hemp and Hawaii.
“Hemp really checks all the boxes for Hawaii.”
Senator Gabbard, Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee was especially pleased with the Senate passing the bill.
“This bill will provide an opportunity for economic development and the diversification of our economy.”
Industrial Hemp key to repairing economy after COVID
Many leaders in the industry have called on the legalisation of cannabis to help generate revenue and repair the economy.
Hemp could provide significant economic growth through both tax revenue and job creation. It seems cannabis plants are an ideal solution to cushion the economic consequences of the ongoing pandemic.