2018 Hawaii Revised Statutes
TITLE 11. AGRICULTURE AND ANIMALS
141. Department of Agriculture
141-32 Industrial hemp pilot program; established.
[§141-32] Industrial hemp pilot program; established. (a) There is established within the department of agriculture an industrial hemp pilot program to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp and distribution of its seed in Hawaii through a pilot program for purposes of agricultural or academic research. The industrial hemp pilot program may be conducted on multiple test sites.
(b) In order to acquire industrial hemp seed for the pilot program, the department of agriculture shall register with the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, as an importer of controlled substances.
(c) The pilot program shall establish an agency relationship with licensees, who operate as extensions of the board for the purposes of research on the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.
(d) The board shall make a reasonable effort to:
(1) Inform licensees of the laws and regulations applicable to the production of industrial hemp;
(2) Act as a resource for licensees on regulatory questions regarding the industrial hemp pilot program; provided that the board shall not provide licensees with legal advice;
(3) Provide licensees with industrial hemp seed, upon licensees' request and at licensees' expense, in a quantity and variety determined at the discretion of the board; and
(4) Catalog data received, in cooperation with the licensee, other program participants, and institutions of higher education in the State, for improved methods and techniques in growing, cultivating, and marketing industrial hemp. [L 2016, c 228, pt of §2]