The biggest problem with Florida’s CBD and Hemp industry is none of the money would stay in Florida. Yes, Florida has a great deal of CBD companies and convenience stores carry CBD products. But… ultimately… that hemp was not grown in Florida. Florida has been at the end of the hemp supply chain for an exceptionally long time! Until now! Now it is possible for the hemp supply chain to start and end in Florida. In other words, Florida farmers can now grow hemp! Hemp cultivation licenses are now available in Florida.
As of Monday, The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services have made licenses available for farmers to legally grow the hemp plant on Florida soil. Apparently, 75 operations had already applied halfway through Monday.
“It only took people about 20 minutes to apply,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried.
Many people are hopeful that making the crop legal for Florida farmers to grow will help save our farming industry. An industry that has been struggling for a long time but has been hit very hard by the coronavirus. Now farmers are forced to destroy as much as 70 percent of their crop due to a lack of demand.
“Especially with so many in our agriculture community suffering. You know not only through COVID-19, but even beforehand,” said Fried.
The added revenue from the hemp crop could at least keep produce grown in Florida on the shelves.
And the aim for Florida’s hemp program is to make Florida a leader in the hemp industry nationwide. Regulating everything from the seeds in the ground to the CBD on the shelves.
“You’re getting what you’re anticipating. Making sure there’s no THC in there, making sure that there’s actually CBD in there, that there’s not metals involved or other types of chemicals that would be harmful to an individual,” said Fried.