Florida Hemp Business & Legal News

Feds warn Florida CBD firm to stop making unfounded claims about products

Two federal agencies sent a joint warning letter to a Florida company for selling CBD products online while making unsubstantiated medical claims. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Naples, Florida-based Rooted Apothecary on Oct. 10 that, by making claims that its CBD products can treat medical conditions […]

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Industry to USDA: Where are the federal hemp regulations?

The hemp industry continues to look for federal guidance on production for 2020. It’s been more than a month since Hemp Industry Daily first reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had completed its draft of the federal hemp production rules and submitted it to the White House Office of Budget and Management, which reviews […]

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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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