Nikki Fried, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, says her goal is to make hemp a regular crop in Florida.
Florida has 9.5 million acres of farmland. This land produces such crops as citrus, tomatoes, strawberries, and sugarcane. Ten years ago, there were about 8,000 citrus growers in Florida, due to issues like citrus greening, that number is now down to about 2,500 citrus growers still in business today.
Following the recent enactment of a new law, many are hoping to see hemp added to the list of crops in Florida.
Fried has made that one of her main goals! She shared this goal Thursday afternoon during a DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and Orange City Alliance event sponsored by Cobb Cole, held at the Volusia County Fairgrounds.
“It’s something that’s going to revolutionize our state,” Fried said of hemp.
Hemp is a non-intoxicating variety of the cannabis plant. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, Hemp is legal in all 50 states as long as it contains less than .3% Delta-9 THC. The Farm Bill even goes as far to remove any other cannabinoids in the plant from the controlled substance list as long as the Delta-9 THC levels remain legal.
Fried’s Florida Department of Agriculture was put in charge of regulating the cultivation, processing, manufacturing of hemp and the retail sales of CBD Hemp Oil by a Florida State Senate Bill that was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis on July 1st.
CBD isn’t the only thing that hemp is good for. If the farmer decides to grow industrial hemp the crop can be cultivated for fabrics, foods, health and beauty products, paper products, construction materials and biofuels are just a few examples of what the seed, core, and stalk’s fiber can be used for.
Fried says that she hopes to see hemp planted by early next year, at the latest.