Florida Names First Director of Cannabis
Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nicole “Nikki” Fried has recently announced the appointment of Florida’s first Director of Cannabis, Holly Bell. In her role, Bell will oversee the development of rules, work directly with scientific experts, and ensure Commissioner Fried’s vision for cannabis in Florida continues to move forward.
Bell will also monitor the Florida Department of Health as it relates to medical marijuana, and will work with the Division of Food Safety on the implementation of regulations for edibles.
Florida’s medical marijuana industry is projected to have a $1.6 billion economic impact on the state of Florida. Additionally, the passage of the farm bill has brought the opportunity to grow industrial hemp, which is an excellent alternative crop for farmers.
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