Hawaii Hemp Business & Legal News

Hawaii health officials ban most CBD products after vape-related hospitalization

Health officials in Hawaii are mandating that over-the-counter CBD products be removed from store shelves after an island youth was hospitalized due to a severe respiratory illness related to vaping. Amid growing national health concerns related to the use of vaporizers, Hawaii Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson told state lawmakers last week that his […]

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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 […]

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States move forward on hemp while USDA develops federal rules

Afraid of missing hot opportunities in hemp while the federal government mulls national rules, states are adopting a surprising number of laws to start or expand hemp production. Most states already allow hemp cultivation, but 2019 has seen many of the hemp holdouts adopt cultivation laws, while more established hemp states are expanding opportunities to […]

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States get busy on hemp as USDA delays national hemp rules until 2020

Energized by the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and places federal regulatory authority with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), states have been readying their hemp cultivation regulatory plans for approval. But those next steps were put on hold on this week when the USDA confirmed it will not […]

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Hawaii taking another look at hemp in 2018

Hawaii may expend its limited hemp program dramatically in 2018, when state lawmakers join policy makers in other states and consider allowing farmers to sell the plant. Hawaii already allows hemp production thanks to a 2016 law allowing limited research plots and seed development. But the state’s hemp farmers aren’t permitted to sell what they […]

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