Governor Neil Abercrombie plans to sign a bill to establish an industrial hemp research program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A signing ceremony is planned for Wednesday afternoon. The bill approves a two-year program to study industrial hemp remediation and biofuel research. State Representative Cynthia Thielen said passing the law could lead to Hawaii becoming a national and global player in the market for an environmentally-friendly crop. She estimates the U.S. industrial hemp market at 500- million-dollars per year.