Hawaii wants ban on smokable hemp with new rules sent to governor

The Hawaii Legislature has approved a bill that aligns its hemp testing with federal law and joins other states in banning smokable hemp and CBD-infused edibles.

Lawmakers sent the bill to Democratic Gov. David Ige on Friday.

The bill also prohibits hemp from being processed with 500 feet “of a pre-existing playground, school, state park, state recreation area, residential neighborhood, hospital, or daycare facility.”

Federal law governing hemp cultivation doesn’t include setbacks for where to grow the plant.

Hemp farmers say that smokable hemp flower commands a market premium and is popular with consumers, but several states have announced plans to ban its production, including IowaTexas and Louisiana.