Rep. Thielen on Taxes and the Economy

High prices and increased taxes are hurting our residents, escalating property taxes being a prime example. Hawai`i is among the most heavily taxed communities in the nation, and therefore I have co-sponsored legislation to alleviate the tax burden on our working families and retirees. The general excise tax on food and over-the-counter health care supplies should be eliminated. We are building support in the Legislature for this tax relief.

In MidWeek: Benefits of Hawaiian Hemp

  Industrial hemp research project principal investigator Harry Ako, PhD and long time industrial hemp proponent Rep. Cynthia Thielen with a hempcrete sample and a book. Behind them are hemp stalks. NW PhotoBy Tannya Joaquin Hemp seeds, hemp oil, hemp granola — the hemp hype is ... (more) Continue Reading

2015 Legislative Report

Click here for Rep. Thielen's end of session annual 2015 Legislative Report! ... (more) Continue Reading

Historic Hemp Bill Signed in Hawaii

History was made in Hawaii on April 30, 2014 when Governor Abercrombie signed into law Act 56, which provides for the University of Hawai’i at Manoa to conduct an industrial hemp research project. With over 25,000 uses, this non-hallucinogenic agricultural crop can be used to for everything from ... (more) Continue Reading

Rah! Hemp for Hawaii!

Session announcement of Farm Bill Passing Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, The United States Senate approved the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the “Farm Bill,” which includes legalization of industrial hemp for research purposes. The Farm Bill states that industrial hemp may be grown for the ... (more) Continue Reading

Getting Back to Business

Hawaii businesses and workers had plenty of bills to keep track of during the 2013 Legislative Session. Several were of particular interest. The intent of SB331 was to raise the minimum wage for Hawaii workers from $7.25 an hour (where it's been since 2007) to $8.25 an hour by July 1 of this ... (more) Continue Reading

HEMP: Hawaii’s Future in a Fiber

Many of you know I am a longtime supporter of Industrial Hemp. This session, I co-sponsored HCR3, which sailed through the Legislature and calls on Congress and the President to reaffirm that industrial hemp was never the intended target of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This clarification ... (more) Continue Reading