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Hemp bill clears hurdle in the House

March 7, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The House Finance Committee has unanimously passed HB154 HD2, to establish an industrial hemp research pilot program. A primary focus of the research is phytoremediation, the process by which the hemp plant draws toxins out of the soil and processes them safely through its roots, stalk, branches, and leaves, leaving the soil refreshed and ready for the next crop. Lawmakers are working to expand the scope of the research to include the viability of industrial hemp as a biofuel feedstock, an application that has shown promise elsewhere.

HB154 now goes to the floor of the House for a third reading, after which it goes to the Senate.



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