THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1353

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO INDUSTRIAL HEMP.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Act 228, Session Laws of Hawaii 2016, established an industrial hemp pilot program to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp and distribution of its seed in Hawaii through limited activities by licensee-agents of the board of agriculture for purposes of agricultural or academic research. On December 20, 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, which included removal of industrial hemp from the schedule I controlled substance list, thus legalizing it and paving the way for a successful hemp industry in Hawaii.

The purpose of this Act is to authorize the department of agriculture to permanently establish an industrial hemp program to license individuals to cultivate industrial hemp in the State.

SECTION 2. Chapter 141, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new part to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"Part    . industrial hemp program

141-A Definitions. As used in this part:

"Chairperson" means the chairperson of the board of agriculture.

"Cultivar" means a variety of industrial hemp.

"Department" means the department of agriculture.

"Industrial hemp" means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis, or a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that is allowed by Federal law, whatever is greater.

"Retail" means the sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for the purpose of processing into other products for eventual resale.

"Variety" means a group of individual plants that exhibit the same observable physical characteristics or have the same genetic composition.

141-B Industrial hemp program; established. The department shall establish an industrial hemp program to allow licensed individuals to cultivate industrial hemp in the State.

141-C Licensing. (a) An individual desiring to grow industrial hemp in the State shall apply to the department for a license on a form prescribed by the department. The application shall include:

(1) The applicant's name, mailing address, and phone number in Hawaii;

(2) The legal description of the land on which the industrial hemp is to be grown; and

(3) Any other information required by the department.

(b) An applicant, including any partner, director, or member of an applicant, convicted of any felony within the ten years immediately preceding submission of the application and related to the possession, production, sale, or distribution of a controlled substance in any form in the United States or any other country shall be ineligible for a license.

(c) The cultivation of industrial hemp in accordance with this part shall be limited to lands situated within the state agricultural land district.

(d) An applicant must either be the fee simple owner of the property to be used to grow industrial hemp, or have a written statement from the fee simple owner indicating the applicant is a lessee or legal occupant and that the owner has consented to the growing of industrial hemp on the property.

(e) Applications for a new or renewed license, whether under the same or different name of a previous or current licensee, shall not be approved if the applicant or any authorized representative thereof has been subject to a civil penalty or disciplinary sanction under this chapter.

(f) An applicant shall be prohibited from reapplying for a license under this part for one calendar year from the date of denial if the application is denied for any reason, including but not limited to:

(1) Incompleteness;

(2) Development of a plan that violates program rules or any existing law regarding hemp;

(3) Having a revoked license due to failing to sign and return a licensing agreement within two weeks from when the agreement was sent; and

(4) Failing to comply with any laws, rules, or conditions relating to the applicant's existing license.

(g) In addition to the application form, each applicant shall submit an application fee. If the fee does not accompany the application, the application for a license shall be deemed incomplete.

(h) All licenses shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance, after which the licensee shall renew the license and pay the renewal fee.

(i) If the chairperson or the chairperson's designee determines that the requirements for a license pursuant to this part, and such other requirements as established by rule, are satisfied, the chairperson or the chairperson's designee may issue a license to the applicant.

(j) The chairperson or the chairperson's designee may limit the number of licenses issued annually under this part and implement standards for selecting licensees as prescribed by rules adopted without regard to chapter 91. The chairperson or the chairperson's designee may also limit the number of licenses due to limited program resources.

(k) The chairperson or the chairperson's designee may set maximum acreage limits without regard to chapter 91 for the industrial hemp program.

(l) The department may prescribe sampling, inspection, and reporting requirements for licensees.

(m) Any license issued under the industrial hemp pilot program shall have continued validity under the original terms and conditions of that license.

(n) For the effective period of the license, any agricultural land used for the cultivation of industrial hemp in accordance with this part shall:

(1) Qualify for the minimum dedication period; and

(2) Be assessed at the lowest percentage of fair market value or other calculation provided for by ordinance.

(o) The cultivation of industrial hemp in accordance with this part shall qualify as an agricultural product, use, and activity by each relevant county for the effective period of the license.

141-D Approved cultivars. Licensees shall only grow varieties of industrial hemp that are on the list of approved cultivars created by the chairperson or the chairperson's designee. The chairperson or the chairperson's designee may from time to time add or remove any cultivar from the list if the cultivar is found to be noncompliant with this part.

141-E Inspections; fees. (a) All licensees shall allow federal, state, or local authorities to inspect and sample the industrial hemp growing area, plants, plant materials, seeds, equipment, or facilities incident to the growth or production of industrial hemp.

(b) Any member of the department, or any agent or third party authorized by the department, may enter at reasonable times upon any private property in order to inspect and sample the industrial hemp growing area, plants, plant materials, seeds, equipment, or facilities incident to the growth or production of industrial hemp.

(c) The department may set inspection and sampling fees.

(d) The department may employ temporary inspectors to assist in certification, audit, and inspection services under this part.

(e) Licensees shall reimburse the department or the third party laboratory authorized by the department to perform testing for the program for all, if any, laboratory analysis and sample collection costs incurred.

141-F Violations. (a) Unprocessed cannabis material, including but not limited to dried flowers and resin, cannot be sold at retail unless under a cannabis dispensing program authorized by the State.

(b) In addition to any other violations of this part, the following acts and omissions by any licensee or authorized representative thereof constitute violations:

(1) Refusal or failure by a licensee or authorized representative to fully cooperate and assist the department with the inspection or sampling process;

(2) Failure to provide any information required or requested by the department for purposes pursuant to this part;

(3) Providing false, misleading, or incorrect information pertaining to the licensee's cultivation of industrial hemp to the department by any means, including but not limited to information provided in any application form, report, record, or inspection required or maintained pursuant to this part;

(4) Growing industrial hemp that when tested is shown to have a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration greater than 0.3 per cent on a dry weight basis or a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration greater than allowed by federal law, whichever is greater;

(5) Failure to pay fees assessed by the department for inspection or laboratory analysis cost; or

(6) Any violation of any other state or federal law or regulation regarding industrial hemp.

(c) For any violation of this part, the department may impose civil penalties up to $500 and disciplinary sanctions, including denial or revocation of a license, provided that:

(1) If the department determines that a licensee has negligently violated this part, the licensee shall comply with a corrective action plan established by the department to correct the violation, which may include disposal of any industrial hemp crop, plant, plant material, or seed, whether growing or not, and products derived from those plants; and

(2) Any applicant that materially falsifies any information contained in an application shall be ineligible to participate in the industrial hemp program.

141-G Rulemaking. (a) The department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 that include but are not limited to:

(1) Inspection and sampling requirements of any industrial hemp during growth or after harvest to determine tetrahydrocannabinol levels;

(2) Licensure requirements;

(3) Reporting requirements; provided that pre-planting and movement reporting shall not be required;

(4) A process to set a limit for the number of licenses issued annually and create standards for selecting licensees;

(5) Assessment of fees for application, licensing, inspecting, and sampling industrial hemp cultivation;

(6) A procedure for the disposal of industrial hemp crop, plant, plant material, or seed, whether growing or not, found to be in violation of this part, and products derived from those plants;

(7) Penalties for any violation; and

(8) Any other rules and procedures necessary to carry out this part.

(b) The department may repeal any rules currently in place pursuant to the industrial hemp pilot program, and any repeal shall be exempt from chapters 91 and 201M.

(c) The department may adopt interim rules, which shall be exempt from chapters 91 and 201M, to effectuate the purposes of this part; provided that any interim rules shall only remain in effect until July 1, 2025, or until rules are adopted pursuant to subsection (a), whichever occurs sooner.

(d) The department may amend the interim rules, and the amendments shall be exempt from chapters 91 and 201M, to effectuate the purposes of this part; provided that any amended interim rules shall remain in effect until July 1, 2025, or until rules are adopted pursuant to subsection (a), whichever occurs sooner.

141-H Authority to cease operations. Notwithstanding any other section of this part to the contrary, the chairperson or the chairperson's designee shall have the authority to cease operations and issuance or renewal of any license, and terminate any industrial hemp program, in order to effectuate any other federal or state industrial hemp regulatory program; provided that any license that has been issued as of that time shall remain in effect until its expiration.

141-I Industrial hemp special fund; established. (a) There is created in the state treasury a special fund to be designated as the industrial hemp special fund to be administered by the department of agriculture. Moneys deposited in the special fund shall be used to fulfill the purposes of this part and shall include:

(1) Any moneys appropriated by the legislature to the special fund;

(2) Any fees collected by the department in relation to the industrial hemp pilot program or industrial hemp program; and

(3) The interest or return on investments earned from moneys in the special fund.

(b) The department of agriculture may use the moneys in the special fund to carry out the purposes of this part, including hiring employees, specialists, and consultants necessary to complete projects related to the purposes of this part."

SECTION 3. Chapter 141, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding two new sections to part II to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"141-   Limit on number of licenses issued annually. The chairperson or the chairperson's designee may limit the number of licenses issued annually under the industrial hemp pilot program.

141-   Maximum acreage limits. The chairperson or the chairperson's designee may set, without regard to chapter 91, maximum acreage limits for the industrial hemp pilot program."

SECTION 4. Section 141-38, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]141-38[]] Violations. In addition to any other violations of this part, the following acts and omissions by any licensee or authorized representative thereof constitute violations for which civil penalties up to $500 and disciplinary sanctions, including revocation of a license, may be imposed by the chairperson or the chairperson's designee:

(1) Refusal or failure by a licensee or authorized representative to fully cooperate and assist the board with the inspection process;

(2) Failure to provide any information required or requested by the board for purposes pursuant to this part;

(3) Providing false, misleading, or incorrect information pertaining to the licensee's cultivation of industrial hemp to the chairperson or the chairperson's designee by any means, including but not limited to information provided in any application form, report, record, or inspection required or maintained pursuant to this part;

(4) Growing industrial hemp that when tested is shown to have a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration greater than 0.3 per cent on a dry weight basis or a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration allowed by federal law, whichever is greater;

(5) Failure to pay fees assessed by the chairperson or the chairperson's designee for inspection or laboratory analysis costs; or

(6) Possessing, outside of a field of lawful cultivation, resin, flowering tops, or leaves that have been removed from the hemp plant; provided that [the]:

(A) The presence of a de minimis amount, or insignificant number, of hemp leaves or flowering tops in hemp bales [that result from the normal and appropriate processing of industrial hemp] shall not apply to this paragraph[.]; and

(B) Transportation in a department-approved manner of the resin, flowering tops, and leaves of a licensee's crop that passed department-ordered compliance testing to another site for processing, shall not apply to this paragraph."

SECTION 5. Section 141-39, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]141-39[]] Profits. The board shall forego any income or profit that licensees lawfully obtain through the disposition of the licensees' industrial hemp crop; provided that the licensee reports to the board, as required by this part:

[(1) Any movement of the licensee's industrial hemp plants, plant materials, or seeds outside the licensed growing area;

(2)] (1) Any sale of or benefit received in exchange for the licensee's industrial hemp plants, plant materials, or seeds; and

[(3)] (2) Any commercial details of [such movement,] the sale[,] or exchange for use by the board to research the marketability and logistical production of industrial hemp in the State."

SECTION 6. Section 712-1260, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]712-1260[]] Industrial hemp. The possession, cultivation, sale, receipt, or transfer of industrial hemp as authorized under part [II]       of chapter 141 shall not constitute an offense under this part."

SECTION 7. Section 141-41, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["[141-41] Industrial hemp special fund; established. (a) There is created in the state treasury a special fund to be designated as the industrial hemp special fund to be administered by the department of agriculture. Moneys deposited in this special fund shall be used to fulfill the purposes of this part and shall include:

(1) Any moneys appropriated by the legislature to the special fund;

(2) Any fees collected by the department of agriculture in relation to the industrial hemp pilot program; and

(3) The interest or return on investments earned from moneys in the special fund.

(b) The department of agriculture may use the moneys in the special fund to carry out the purposes of this part, including hiring employees, specialists, and consultants necessary to complete projects related to the purposes of this part."]

SECTION 8. All unencumbered funds remaining in the industrial hemp special fund established pursuant to 141-41, Hawaii Revised Statutes, shall be deposited into the industrial hemp special fund established pursuant to 141-I, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

SECTION 9. The chairperson of the board of agriculture may prepare and submit a proposed state plan to monitor and regulate hemp production in the State pursuant to Section 297B of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, to the United States Secretary of Agriculture.

SECTION 10. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $255,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 to be deposited into the industrial hemp special fund established pursuant to 141-I, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

SECTION 11. There is appropriated out of the industrial hemp special fund established pursuant to 141-I, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the sum of $255,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 to be allocated as follows:

(1) $85,000 for the establishment of one full-time equivalent (1.0 FTE) program coordinator position;

(2) $120,000 for the establishment of two full-time equivalent (2.0 FTE) specialist positions; and

(3) $50,000 for administrative costs of the industrial hemp program.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of agriculture for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 12. In codifying the new sections added by section 2 of this Act, the revisor of statutes shall substitute appropriate section numbers for the letters used in designating the new sections in this Act.

SECTION 13. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 14. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019; provided that:

(1) Sections 7 and 8 shall take effect on June 30, 2021; and

(2) Section 3 shall be repealed on June 30, 2021, to coincide with the repeal of the industrial hemp pilot program on June 30, 2021, pursuant to Act 228, Session Laws of Hawaii 2016.



 

Report Title:

Industrial Hemp Program; Department of Agriculture; Industrial Hemp Pilot Program; Appropriation

 

Description:

Authorizes the department of agriculture to establish the industrial hemp program. Repeals the industrial hemp special fund under section 141-41, HRS, when the industrial hemp pilot program is repealed on 6/30/2021. Authorizes the chairperson of the board of agriculture to submit a proposed state plan to monitor and regulate hemp production to the United States Secretary of Agriculture. Appropriates funds. (SD1)

 

 

 

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