By BY CATHY BUSSEWITZ
HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that three Hawaii counties can't enact their own bans or regulations on genetically modified crops and pesticides.
Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan on Friday upheld a lower court's decision saying Hawaii law prohibits counties from regulating agriculture matters.
The cases stemmed from a decision by Maui voters to ban the cultivation and testing of genetically modified crops in 2014 and related movements on other Hawaiian islands.
A group pushing for more regulation of genetically modified crops says it is considering all legal options, including an appeal.
A representative from the Hawaii Farm Bureau and lawyers representing seed companies didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.