Sunday, February 23, 2003

It's the Law

Legal problems in Hawaii: according to this article from the Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii lacks the authority to ban the sale of Salvinia molesta (kariba weed) within the state, because it was originally introduced there legally. This is especially frustrating since the invasive aquatic weed is considered so dangerous to ecosystems, it is one of the few federally banned noxious weeds. Unfortunately the federal ban cover only interstate transport. The state has stated looking into other legislation that would ban its sale and spread, but while some aquariums and nurseries in that state continue to sell salvinia, others are already voluntarily giving it up.

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