HB 921, a bill addressing the hemp seeds used for hemp farming in Florida has passed the Florida Senate and House. It is expected for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to sign the bill into law in the coming days.
The removal of the “rigid wording requirements” put in place by the Florida legislature will allow for clearer labeling. Nationwide there are currently 12 different labels required for hemp products. In addition to making the labeling easier, the legislation will allow for more research into plant genetics and will help determine what can be farmed in the Florida climate. The new legislation does not cover synthetic CBD.
Florida Hemp Council
The Florida Hemp Council, a non-profit that was created to provide structure, networking and services to the hemp industry in Florida, has been lobbying for this bill in Tallahassee.
Jeff Greene, the co-founder of The Florida Hemp Council stated, “At The Florida Hemp Council, we are happy with the result of the passing of HB 921. A late amendment to the bill allowed for important adjustments to the Hemp program in Florida. By exempting GRAS products and maintaining certain exemptions, we are able to cater to our small retailers and grocery store members. We were also able to keep order in the seed program for our farming members. Lastly, we are pleased to see that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services received funding for 43 new employees. I would consider this session a win for the Florida hemp industry and am hopeful that Governor DeSantis will sign off, as planned.”
According to the www.hempbenchmarks.com, “As of February 21, Florida has not issued any permits to grow
hemp, according to Holly Bell, Director of Cannabis in the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. With many farmers across the country already making preparations for the planting season by this point in the year, the fact that licenses have not yet been issued in Florida raises the question of whether hemp will be grown in the state this year and, if so, to what extent.”