• HI’s cut of $6B hemp crop needs non-paranoid governor, new State manager, smart advisers

    Every member of Hawaii’s 2019 Legislature – Democratic and Republican – voted to pass the industrial hemp bill. Governor Ige vetoed it, against the will of the people and lawmakers.  Senate Bill 1353 would have established a strong, thriving hemp program for Hawaii’s farmers– a $1 billion-a-year national industry that’s forecast to reach $6 billion in some three years. Following Federal law, the bill called for one yearly inspection of hemp crops, mirroring the policy of other mainland states.  Attempting to explain his veto, the politician claimed that since our ideal climate and soil can produce more than one crop yearly – a rare growing condition giving Hawaii the envied…