Hemp Revolution: Growers across the state are ready. What’s holding them back?

By: AXEL BEERS

It’s tempting to say we won the war. My feet are resting on a mulch-covered, old Central Maui sugarcane field in the process of conversion from barren, chemical-pumped dirt to nutrient-rich community farmland. I’m listening to presentations about the opportunities of hemp, and the speakers make the case for victory all the more seductive. Doug Fine, a best-selling author and “solar-powered goat herder” who’s spent years writing about hemp and cannabis, declares that “We won the cannabis war.” Lynette Shaw, a cannabis activist who ran with the “Hemperor” Jack Herer earning her the title “Queen of Green” (and many years on the lam), agrees: “We’re done with the marijuana war. We’re done with the hemp war.”

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