The 2018 Farm Bill allows states to create hemp programs and that is just what the Florida Legislature has done. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 1020 on June 25, 2019 which creates a hemp program within the Department of Agriculture. Holly Bell has been appointed, by Nikki Fried, as Florida’s first Director of Cannabis to oversee the program.
The new bill will allow the department to administer regulations regarding the licensing and cultivation of hemp in Florida. Fried is quoted as saying, “Tonight’s hemp bill signing marks a transformation in Florida, and a critical step on the journey to creating a green industrial revolution, strengthening agriculture with an alternative crop of the future, and expanding access to safe, quality CBD products,”
In conclusion, Florida has the potential to become the gold standard in hemp cultivation. With our deep agricultural heritage, climate, resources, and farming infrastructure, we can make Florida a national leader in this emerging new economy.