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Scott Burgett bends down and touches the leafy flower of the hemp plant, rubbing his fingers together.

“This is the cherry citrus,” Burgett said. “You can smell that the terpenes in it. If you just touch the plant, you can feel how sticky it is just like regular cannabis.”

DeSantis Signs Health, Hemp, Hazing Bill

Jun 26, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed 15 bills, including health-care priorities of House Speaker Jose Oliva, a plan to kick-start a hemp industry in Florida and an effort to prevent college hazing deaths. 

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Friday encouraged supporters of a new state hemp industry to tell Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign a bill that would lead to a regulatory framework for the crop.

Florida’s Director of Cannabis thinks 2020 could be the state’s first “great grow year” for hemp. A bill launching a state hemp program is waiting for ink from the governor’s pen. Experts in the state and elsewhere have been weighing in this week on an industry that will be a new frontier in the Sunshine State.