The drumbeat is starting; just a thump here and just a thump there, but it is starting. More and more people are putting together the unannounced experimental release of GMO apples to the public, the Monsanto stranglehold on the federal government, the pot patent that you see here, and two presidents’ use of the code word ‘experiment[s]’ for the Monsanto Initiative.
Hawaii has long been a fertile ground for GMO crop testing by Monsanto. The 50th state has also been a front lines battleground against GMO crops and influence over the local government against the indigenous will of the people farming there.
Now the people’s will, expressed through cannabis growers themselves, have gotten a NO GMO WEED bill made into law.
(Same as Maui bill, below)
“Genetically modified” means produced from an organism or organisms in which the genetic material has been genetically engineered through the application of:
(1) In vitro nucleic acid techniques, which include, but are not limited to: recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques; direct injection of nucleic acid into cells or organelles; encapsulation; gene deletion; and doubling;
(b) It shall be mandatory for all commercial agricultural entities that intentionally or knowingly possess any genetically modified organism to disclose the presence of said genetically modified organism.
(1) Annual public reports of all genetically modified organisms intentionally or knowingly possessed during each calendar year shall be provided to the Office of Economic Development and shall be posted online on the County website. Direct notification to the Department documenting such disclosure shall occur no later than sixty (60) days following the end of each calendar year.
(2) Disclosure shall include a general description of each genetically modified organism, a general description of the geographic location including at minimum the Tax Map Key and ahupua’a where each genetically modified organism is being grown or developed, and dates that each genetically modified organism was initially introduced to the land in question.
Sec. 22-22.7 Penalties.
(a) Any person, firm, or corporation, whether as principal, agent, employee, or otherwise, violating, causing, or permitting the violation of any of the provisions of this Article, shall be assessed a civil fine of $10,000-$25,000 per day, per violation.
(b) In addition to any penalty described in Subsection 22-22.7(a), any person, firm, or corporation, whether as principal, agent, employee, or otherwise, violating or causing or permitting the violation of any of the provisions of this Article, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than two-thousand dollars ($2,000.00), or imprisoned not more than one (1) year, or both, for each offense. The continuance of any violation after conviction shall be deemed a new criminal offense for each day that the violation or violations continue.
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TEXT: Hawaii Co Bill 113 (as enacted) December 5, 2013
Section 14- Definitions.
As used in this article, unless otherwise specified:
Genetically engineered” means an organism that has been modified at the molecular or cellular level by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes. Such means include recombinant DNA and RNA techniques, cell fusion, microencapsulation, macroencapsulation gene deletion and doubling, introducing a foreign gene, and changing the position of genes.
Section 14-_ Prohibition.
No person shall knowingly engage in the open air cultivation, propagation, development, or testing of genetically engineered crops or plants.
Section 14 Registration.
a) All persons engaged in any form of cultivation, propagation, development, or indoor testing of genetically engineered crops or plants of any kind shall register annually beginning within ninety days of the effective date of this article, and shall pay an annual registration fee of $100 per location
Section 14- Penalties.
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty of a violation, and upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to a fine of up to $ 1,000 for each separate violation. The person shall be deemed to be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day a violation of this article is committed, continued, or permitted for each location. To the extent permitted by law, the person found in violation of this article shall also be responsible for all costs of investigation and testing, as well as for court costs, including but not limited to witness fees and witness expenses.