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University Of Hawaii Grows Hemp Crop For Research

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (AP) — Legally sanctioned industrial hemp is growing in Hawaii’s soil for the first time in about 15 years.

Researchers, lawmakers and farmers sprinkled newly acquired hemp seeds into the ground at the University of Hawaii’s Waimanalo Research Station during a ceremony on Friday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

UH professor Harry Ako and other researchers will use their first 5½ pounds of seed to study how tall the hemp plants will grow locally and how much water and fertilizer they’ll require. They will also study how well the plants purify the soil and whether it is possible to grow three hemp crops a year.

Last year’s federal Agricultural Act allows universities to grow hemp without a permit from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, but they still need a DEA permit to ship the seed to the U.S. and between states, officials said.

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