Hemp farming in Florida closer to reality in legislature

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 16: People browse vendors products at the Cannabis World Congress Conference on June 16, 2017 in New York City. Billed as “the leading trade show and conference for the legalized cannabis, medical marijuana, and industrial hemp industries,” the 4th annual conference brings together dozens of both small and large businesses […]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Hemp farming in Florida has moved one step closer to reality when a bill authorizing it cleared a House committee and is moving forward in the Senate as well.

The bill backed unanimously Tuesday by a House Appropriations panel would create a state program to administer and oversee the growing of hemp for industrial uses, a potentially multi-billion-dollar business. The relative of the marijuana plant has been used for thousands of years to make everything from ropes to building materials to animal feed.

Hemp is a member of the cannabis plant family but contains only traces of the THC chemical compound that causes a high for marijuana users. The Florida farming plan must be approved by the U.S. Agriculture Department and growing hemp for personal use would be prohibited.

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