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Florida Hemp Laws & Legislation
The Florida Legislature
Sponsor: Sen. Montford
Summary: Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects; Authorizing specified state universities to develop industrial hemp pilot projects in partnership with public, nonprofit, and private entities; requiring pilot projects to comply with rules adopted by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; requiring the specified state universities to develop partnerships with certain entities; requiring the pilot projects to be funded with private resources to the fullest extent possible, etc.
Sponsor: Rep. Massullo
Summary: Industrial Hemp Programs; Authorizes specified universities in state to engage in industrial hemp research projects; requires such universities to submit report to Governor & Legislature; directs DACS to adopt rules; provides appropriation. APPROPRIATION: $900,000.00
Position: Oppose - No need for research as hemp was grown in Flordia up until 1957 so its not a new crop. Wastes $900,000 on an unneeded study.
Hemp Production; Citing this act as the "Hemp Industry Development Act"; specifying that hemp is an agricultural crop; requiring the registration of hemp growers; providing registration requirements; allowing the department to assess registration fees; providing exemptions; providing for an affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; providing exceptions to other laws, etc.
Status: Died in committee
An act relating to the medical use of cannabis; Contains provision allowing colleges of agriculuture to conduct Cannabis research. "Any college or university in the state that has a college of agriculture may conduct cannabis research consistent with state and federal law."
Status: Signed by Gov. Scott on March 25th 2016
Designates act "Hemp Industry Development Act"; specifies that hemp is agricultural crop; requires registration of hemp growers; provides registration requirements; provides exemptions; requires rulemaking; provides for affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; provides exceptions to other laws.
Hemp Production; Citing this act as the "Hemp Industry Development Act"; providing that hemp is an agricultural crop; providing legislative intent; requiring registration of hemp producers; providing registration requirements; providing exemptions; requiring rulemaking; providing for an affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; providing exceptions to other laws, etc.
Hemp Production; Designates act "Hemp Industry Development Act"; provides that hemp is agricultural crop; requires registration of hemp producers; provides exemptions; requires rulemaking; provides for affirmative defense to certain charges relating to cannabis; provides exceptions to other laws.
Quick Links Concerning Industrial Hemp in Florida
University of Florida IFAS
2015 Report on Industrial Hemp
The Potential for Industrial Hemp Production in Florida
Florida Statutes & Constitution:
Sign Petition to Attorney General Eric Holder to remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act to all for industrial hemp cultivation in Florida. This effort in support of the Bill Wohlsifer's Hemp4water Campaign.
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