Judge Kurren is the very same man who struck down Ordinance 960 — Kauai's pesticide/GMO regulatory bill — finding that is was pre-empted by state law, and therefore invalid. You can bet he'll use the same tactic with GMO/Big Ag backing again.
While we were busy getting ready for the Thanksgiving holidays, Monsanto and Dow decided to make their move. Judge Kurren, who has ties to the Nature Conservancy which has received millions of dollars in donations from Monsanto, ruled that Hawaii County cannot enforce a law restricting genetically engineered crops because it is pre-empted by state law.
Hawaii County Corporation Counsel Molly Stebbins says the decision is disappointing, but not surprising given the Kauai ruling. She says the county is evaluating whether to appeal.
The group that sued to invalidate the Hawaii County law includes the Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association, Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, and Biotechnology Industry Organization.