- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii residents say legalizing industrial hemp could spur business ventures ranging from home construction to selling hemp seed candy bars at Hawaii airports.

Lawmakers considered a bill Friday that would legalize and set rules for growing industrial help. The law would require growers to register with the state and would clarify the difference between hemp and marijuana.

The law would also require the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to research development of products, such as clothing, oils and seed. Supporters say industrial hemp production could boost the agriculture sector and help rural economies.

Nationwide, at least 27 states have laws in place related to industrial hemp. In 2014, President Barack Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill that allowed to universities and state departments to grow industrial hemp for limited used.

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