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Posted: Monday, January 27th, 2014 11:38 AM HST

Legal Maui Wowie? Bill calls for pot export study

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A state lawmaker says Hawaii should consider allowing farmers to grow marijuana for export.

Rep. Rida Cabanilla says Hawaii could ship cannabis to countries like Uruguay, where it's legal.

The Democrat this week introduced legislation that would create a working group to study the feasibility of the idea.

She says taxes on cannabis farmers' profits could generate billions in state revenue.

Cabanilla is confident Hawaii-grown marijuana would dominate the market because the state's warm weather and fertile soil provide ideal growing conditions. She noted Hawaii is already famous for strains like "Maui Wowie."

She says there's a national wave toward legalization after voters in Colorado and Washington made recreational cannabis legal.

Cabanilla says the move would prepare Hawaii for eventual sales to other U.S. states.

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