Hawaiian Hemp Industry - Slow Start but Showing Progress
It looks like Hawaii is slowly but surely testing the potential of a commercial hemp industry. Legalizing the plant nearly two years ago in 2016, they are now beginning to promote the cultivation of hemp to private farmers. Recently, the state Department of Agriculture issued licenses to 3 farmers allowing them to grow industrial hemp on 10 acres of land, respectively. However, the process hasn't been entirely seamless. Originally ordering nearly 50 pounds of hemp seed from Jamaica, the state rejected the seeds after they did not meet inspection standards. This, putting a minor hold on Hawaii's first 30 acres of production, forced officials to seek alternative seeds. Ultimately, they were able to pivot and decided on a grain called "Yuma" which has been proven to yield decent results in other tropical climates such as Australia and Malawi, making it a promising seed for Hawaii's climate. Although Hawaii's State Agricultural department has not yet approved CBD or flower production, there is an ever growing list of farmers seeking approval to cultivate this highly sought after crop, and is a great first step forward for the long-term success of Hemp farming.
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