Much of Hawaii hemp crop destroyed as farmers search for viable cultivars

More than 50% of Hawaii’s 2019 hemp crop had to be destroyed because of elevated THC levels, a problem that state agriculture officials attribute to a lack of cultivars suited to a tropical climate.

Eighteen crops were destroyed and another four hemp crops exceeded legal THC limits but were granted waivers because the THC was close to the legal limit of 0.3%, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Hawaii has granted 30 permits to grow hemp.

The state faces a formidable challenge developing a hemp industry.

The island state could see three to four hemp crops a year because of its mostly tropical climate, state agriculture officials said.

But the tropical weather also makes it a challenge for farmers working with hemp cultivars developed in Canada or the European Union, where summer days are much longer and the nights much cooler.

A bill that would have created a permanent commercial hemp program in Hawaii was vetoed in July by Gov. David Ige.

The measure also would have allowed growers to remove leaf and flower material – which contains CBD – from the growth site, which is currently prohibited in Hawaii.

Ige said he was concerned, in part, because the bill restricted the state’s ability to test hemp plants to once a year.

6 comments on “Much of Hawaii hemp crop destroyed as farmers search for viable cultivars
  1. Terry on

    What is the exact plant sampling technique used by the regulators? Where did the sampling techniques come from and who developed the techniques? Are you using the sampling techniques recognized in global trade agreements? Top 1/3 or 30 centimeters samples?
    Please clarify,

  2. Tim Robert on

    It was claimed Yuma strain hemp seeds from China were used in the test cases? The state of Hawaii didn’t run their own test plant on a small test case first? Who decided to use Yuma from China?

    Why are these farmers required to pay $250 ($7,500 a year in revenue paid by farmers) a year then an additional $2 for each acre or whatever? The state should pay the farmers for their time, energy and effort to bring the industry to Hawaii.

    Who is doing the research to determine the best hemp strain for Hawaii?

  3. David McDonough on

    First please identify what market you are growing for? Hemp for fiber grows 15 feet tall. I have a picture. But no source for that seed. Now hemp is going to be smoked or extracted. So far what I have seen is short Indaca looking dirt weeds. Nothing genuine to Hemp for cordage, rope, and canvas.

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