Hawaii grown hemp could lead to problemsUPDATED 8:25 PM HST May 26, 2014Video Transcript
A BATTLE could be BREWING when it comes to obtaining HEMP SEEDS here in HAWAII. As KITV-4's Ann Sterling shows you, an Oahu lawmaker says the state of Kentucky could be helping to break new ground when it comes to importing the seeds. 11 NOW THAT STATES INCLUDING HAWAII ARE ALLOWED TO GROW INDUSTRIAL HEMP FOR RESEARCH... LAWMAKERS ARE READY TO SEE THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII START TURNING DIRT ON ITS FIRST PLANNED PROJECT. 44.53 it's terribly important for our farmers for economy in hawaii. STATE REP. CYNTHIA THIELEN HAS BEEN A LONG TIME PROPONENT OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP ... SHE SAYS IN ADDITION TO HEMP BEING USED TO DECONTAMINATE SOIL, IT CAN ALSO BE MADE INTO BUILDING MATERIALS. 45.24-41 we can do such things as grow our own building materials actually out of soil. Farmers can eventually plant hemp turn it into a hemp cement. Termite proof. Fire retardant. Representative THIELEN CAME ONTO KITV-4'S MORNING SHOW.... AND BROUGHT IN SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT HEMP CAN BE USED FOR ... FROM BUILDING MATERIAL ...TO BAGS... TO SOAP .. SHE ESTIMATES THE U.S. INDUSTRIAL HEMP MARKET AT $500 MILLION PER YEAR. 45.10 there are 25 thousand products that can be made out of Hemp. None can get you high. 45.44 it's A wonderful type of building equipment which if it was new we wouldn't have to import drywall from the mainland. HERE'S THE CATCH: HAWAII SEES WHAT THE STATE OF KENTUCKY JUST WENT THROUGH... WHEN THE STATE TRIED TO BRING IN HEMP SEEDS, THE D-E-A STEPPED IN AND SEIZED THEM, PROMPTING A LONG LEGAL FIGHT. 4.10-20 Kentucky had to sue the DEA to get seeds released they brought it in with accordance of law and the DEA SEIZED IT. THE STANDOFF THERE CONCLUDED JUST LAST WEEK -- WITH THE SEEDS FINALLY BEING DELIVERED THIELEN SAYS IF HAWAII HAS TO FIGHT THAT FIGHT, IT'LL BE WORTH IT. 46.30 we're going to go thru the same process that kentucky went thru. The same process and we believe that once these universities or dept of ag sponsor project come up with research hemp will be freed again. UH SAYS IT'S BEEN GIVEN AN AREA ABOUT THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD TO PLANT THE CROP ON HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE. THE SCHOOL WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS TO LAWMAKERS IN 2016. Ann sterling kitv-4 news Representative Cynthia Thielen says this week the state is going through the permit process to get the seeds.