US Maui County residents get say in GM crop ban dispute
A coalition of residents from the US state of Hawaii's Maui County who spearheaded the effort to impose a local ban on genetically modified crops will be allowed to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the ordinance, a federal judge has ruled this week. The decision allows the SHAKA Movement and five named individuals to participate fully in the case, filing motions and responding to briefs and motions submitted by the plaintiffs in the case. US Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren agreed that the organisation and the individuals had played a "unique role" in getting the local ordinance considered and approved, thereby deserving of the right to intervene. Maui voters narrowly passed the ballot initiative last month.