After months of delays, Hawaii agriculture authorities have granted approval to a commercial hemp industry in the island state.
While Hawaii now has a commercial hemp industry, a decision has yet to be made of the variety of cannabinoid that will be grown or the overall hemp’s flower production.
In 2016, Hawaii lawmakers authorized the use of cannabis for research at the University of Hawaii and by 2017 it was expanded to include a private hemp production.
But production slowed due to the lack of seeds.
After deliberation, a relationship was formed with Yuma, a Chinese based company that develops a fiber and grain variety.
So far, three licenses have been approved and issued with the farmers planning to grow the first set of crops by late 2018.
There are approximately 12 more hemp growers awaiting license approval, hopefully for a two-year period, but the hemp regulators have warned that the process will continue at slow pace.
Governor David Ige stated that the three hemp growers that have been approved will show the real potential in the program.
“Hawaii’s first licensed hemp growers will help to demonstrate the real potential of the industrial hemp industry.”