Florida Hemp Business & Legal News

Florida governor signs state hemp program into law

After months of preparation, the state of Florida is ready to move ahead with commercial hemp production under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said hemp in Florida is needed to help farmers harmed by hurricanes and diseases that have affected citrus, the state’s largest commodity. Hurricane Michael […]

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States move forward on hemp while USDA develops federal rules

Afraid of missing hot opportunities in hemp while the federal government mulls national rules, states are adopting a surprising number of laws to start or expand hemp production. Most states already allow hemp cultivation, but 2019 has seen many of the hemp holdouts adopt cultivation laws, while more established hemp states are expanding opportunities to […]

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Florida agriculture chief readies state for hemp industry

Florida’s farmers are hopeful that hemp will become legal in the state in time to plant this year. The idea also is gaining popularity among lawmakers, with hemp legislation making its way through the Florida state Senate and House. Farmers need a lifeline, and hemp is it, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told Hemp Industry […]

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States get busy on hemp as USDA delays national hemp rules until 2020

Energized by the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and places federal regulatory authority with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), states have been readying their hemp cultivation regulatory plans for approval. But those next steps were put on hold on this week when the USDA confirmed it will not […]

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As CBD crackdown spreads, New York politician vows to halt ‘overreaction’

More restaurants and facilities nationwide report they can’t sell CBD anymore, even as an official in New York City vows to turn back the Big Apple’s crackdown on CBD use in eateries. In the past week, enforcement letters and product seizures spread to new jurisdictions, a response to December comments from the U.S. Food and Drug […]

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Florida gets DEA clearance to grow hemp in 2019

Florida agriculture officials have completed preparations to grow hemp in the Sunshine State and say they’re ready to plant seeds in 2019. According to Growing Produce, a trade publication for specialty-crop growers, that’s far sooner than originally expected. Florida legalized hemp production in 2017, but officials warned it could take several years to find a […]

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Climate challenges may delay Florida hemp production

Hemp has been legal in Florida since 2017, but state researchers say that the Sunshine State’s unusual climate means it could be years before private farmers can sign up to try the new crop. Florida wants to make sure hemp isn’t invasive in its warm, humid climate, according to Growing Produce, a trade publication for […]

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FDA sends another round of warnings to CBD producers

Federal drug authorities have sent another round of warning letters to CBD producers about making health claims. The recipients include CW Hemp, the Colorado Springs, Colorado, company that supplies the popular Charlotte’s Web medicine for intractable epilepsy. The Food and Drug Administration sent four warning letters Wednesday to two Colorado companies – CW Hemp and Pueblo-based That’s Natural! […]

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Two Florida universities get initial OK to grow hemp for research

A pair of universities in Florida would be allowed to grow and cultivate industrial hemp under a bill passed by state lawmakers. Once the governor signs Senate Bill 1726, the University of Florida and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University will be authorized to enter a pilot project to research the commercial prospects for hemp in rural […]

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