STAND. COM. REP. NO.704-02
RE: H.B. No. 57
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 57, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of the bill is to extend Act 305, Session Laws of Hawaii 1999, allowing privately-funded industrial hemp research to be conducted in the State when the Department of Public Safety issues a controlled substance registration and the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, issues a federally-controlled substance registration for research on the agronomic potential of industrial hemp.
Your Committee received testimony in support of the measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, ILWU Local 142, the Resource Conservation Alliance, Life of the Land, the Maui Pineapple Company, Ltd., Atlas Corporation, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, Hawaii Industrial Hemp and a concerned individual.
Your Committee finds that a time extension for Act 305 will allow for further investigation into the potential of hemp as an alternative crop in Hawaii.
Your Committee has amended the bill to change the effective date of the bill to occur one day before the present sunset date of Act 305.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 57, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 57, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs,
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair