House Debates Hemp!

House Debates Hemp!
Posted by FoM on March 11, 1999 at 07:23:54 PT

 In the House yesterday, floor debate was on privately funded industrial hemp research on the Big Island, which a bipartisan group of lawmakers says could become a cash crop for Hawaii.
Industrial hemp research, tax incentives and tax cuts, fireworks restrictions, breast-feeding laws, judicial pay raises and housing rights based on sexual orientation are but a few of the issues alive with eight weeks remaining in the state Legislature.House and Senate lawmakers yesterday exchanged more than 600 bills before tomorrow's key legislative deadline known as first crossover, when all bills from each chamber must be sent to the other body for a second round of committee hearings, discussion and votes."I believe that industrial hemp is an economic benefit to Hawaii," said House Agriculture Chairman Jun Abinsay (D, Kalihi).State Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R, Kailua), who over the years has educated House members on the industrial use of the federally controlled substance, said Hawaii can become a world leader in producing industrial hemp."We are becoming very business-friendly with this measure," she said.
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