State lawmaker, Cynthia Thielen, learned the difference between Hemp vs. Marijuana a long time ago, thanks to her son’s suggestion of replacing sugar with industrial hemp. Although skeptical at first, Thielen did the research and discovered a crop that could provide an agricultural boom for Hawaii.

Currently, Hawaii’s agriculture is seeing some big changes – the last sugar plantation is going to close this year, leaving a gap in the state’s agricultural industry. However, state lawmaker Cynthia Thielen recognizes the end of the sugar industry as a chance for hemp to move in.

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Thielen has been a hemp advocate for some time, stating facts about the benefits of the crop: it doesn’t require much water to grow, nor does it need pesticides or herbicides. Plus, it grows very quickly. Industrial hemp could save jobs.

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