While the Legislature this past Session passed a bill creating a state hemp program, DeSantis has yet to sign the measure into law. But that hasn’t stopped Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried from planning ahead.
She announced this week a series of rule-making workshops to take place across the state later this month. This is an exciting time in Florida – we’re on the verge of creating a whole new #hemp economy with billions in economic potential. Watch our hemp update video to get the latest on what’s happening & to keep current on all of our updates, visit https://t.co/2qwzYhAhiN. pic.twitter.com/9eE5yg0OHL — FL Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services (@FDACS) June 7, 2019 A news release from Fried’s office said: “DeSantis is expected to sign the state hemp legislation soon.” The workshops, it added, “create a space for the public to ask questions and provide valuable input” as rules are developed in accordance with the new statutes. “Our new state hemp program marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter here in Florida and brings a chance to strengthen our agriculture industry, increase access to safe CBD products, and diversify and fuel our state economy,” Fried said. “We’re working to build the new state hemp program from the ground up, and we want to hear from the people it’s intended to serve. I encourage everyone to join us at these workshops — we’re making history, and want Floridians alongside us every step of the way.” Added Cannabis Director Holly Bell: “This is a collaborative process between our Department, a wide range of hemp industry stakeholders — and now, the public. By bringing all of these groups together, we can develop a program that works for Florida’s growers, consumers and everyone.” Three workshops are planned: 9 a.m., June 20, at the Performing Cultural Arts Theater at the Broward College South Campus; 9 a.m., June 21, at the Tampa Fairgrounds; and 9 a.m., June 24, at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee.