Commercial hemp is coming to the Sunshine State. On May 3, 2019, the Florida state Senate voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 1020, a measure aimed at creating an industrial hemp industry in the state. Although hemp cultivation for research purposes is legal in the state, the state had been slow to embrace commercial hemp activities. The bill will now go to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign off on the measure. If the bill is signed into law, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services would be responsible for regulation the new industry. The department is led by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is an ardent hemp and cannabis advocate.
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