Nikki Fried

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried is announcing that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will hold hemp rulemaking workshops this month throughout the state.

As the governor is expected to sign the state hemp legislation soon, the department is hosting the workshops to create a space for the public to ask questions and provide valuable input into the hemp rulemaking process, as this new industry starts up in Florida.

The workshops will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Tallahassee, to allow for citizens in the southern, central, and northern regions of the state to participate. The events will be also livestreamed by the Florida Channel for those unable to attend.

“Our new state hemp program marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter here in Florida and brings a chance to strengthen our agriculture industry, increase access to safe CBD products, and diversify and fuel our state economy,” Fried said. “We’re working to build the new state hemp program from the ground up, and we want to hear from the people it’s intended to serve. I encourage everyone to join us at these workshops — we’re making history, and want Floridians alongside us every step of the way.”

The workshops provide opportunities to interact with stakeholders in the hemp industry, including growers, processors, lab owners, manufacturers and retailers, as well as FDACS officials. Fried, Cannabis Director Holly Bell and directors of the Department’s Plant Industry, Food Safety, and Agricultural and Environmental Services Divisions will be available to answer questions, discuss concerns and receive feedback.

“This is a collaborative process between our department, a wide range of hemp industry stakeholders – and now, the public. By bringing all of these groups together, we can develop a program that works for Florida’s growers, consumers, and everyone,” Bell said.

Anyone with an interest in the future of Florida’s hemp industry may attend. Scheduled dates and locations are:

  • South Florida Hemp Workshop — 9 a.m., June 20, Broward College, South Campus Performing Cultural Arts Theater, 7200 Pines Blvd., Building 68 A, Room 151, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 33024
  • Central Florida Hemp Workshop —  9 a.m., June 21, Tampa Fairgrounds, Florida Center, 4800 U.S. Highwayv301 N., Tampa, Fla., 33610
  • North Florida Hemp Workshop — 9 a.m., June 24,  R.A. Gray Building Auditorium, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, Fla., 32399

To view a livestream of the workshops, visit the Florida Channel’s website.

The department also maintains a regularly updated section on its website to provide information on cannabis and the new state hemp program. Floridians are encouraged to visit hemp and cannabis updates, or email Cannabis@FreshFromFlorida.comwith any questions.

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