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Committee to Receive Update on Maui GMO Litigation

Don Guzman. Photo courtesy Office of Council Services. [1]

Don Guzman. Photo courtesy Office of Council Services.

By Maui Now Staff

***UPDATE: The GMO litigation update originally set for Friday, March 13 in the Council Chamber has since been is canceled after a federal judge postponed a hearing on the matter.  Full details a the following direct LINK [2].


A status update on two cases relating to the Maui GMO initiative will be considered by the Committee of the Whole at 9 a.m. this Friday, March 13, Committee Chair Don Guzman announced.

The ordinance was proposed by initiative petition and passed by the voters during the 2014 general election.

The terms of the ordinance require a temporary moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms, or GMOs, in Maui County.

Plaintiffs Robert Ito Farm, Inc., et al., and Defendant County of Maui stipulated to an injunction against any action to effect the ordinance until March 31, according to information compiled by the Office of Council Services.

Two lawsuits are pending at the state and federal level.

Guzman said the committee will receive a summary of the legal proceedings to date and a clarification of questions regarding the county’s representation in two lawsuits.