Florida hemp program under review during November conference

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Holly Bell, Director of Cannabis at the Florida Department of Agricultural & Consumer Services (FDACS) will give an overview of Florida’s industrial hemp program at this year’s Florida Industrial Hemp Conference, Nov. 3-5 in Orlando.

FDACS worked quickly to draft Florida’s required regulatory plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which approves state programs. The agency is also working with the Florida State Legislature to ensure that hemp and CBD (cannabidiol) products produced from hemp under an approved regulatory plan will comply with all Florida statutes and ensure consumer protection. 

Experience in Tennessee

Bell consulted on cannabis business issues in numerous states. She worked to build the infrastructure to support the creation of Tennessee’s cannabis industry following passage of that state’s industrial hemp legislation. 

In her role as Director of Cannabis at FDACS, Bell oversees the development of rules, works directly with scientific experts, and cooperates closely with the Department’s Division of Plant Industry, Food Safety, and AES on developing production, processing, inspection regimes for hemp. She also works with the Florida Department of Health regarding medical marijuana edibles and consumer issues.

Market forecast and more

Conference attendees will be introduced to opportunities in Florida’s hemp industry through two days of presentations and exhibitions at Orlando’s Rosen Centre Hotel.

Highlighted by a market forecast session, the November conference will explore a wide range of topics and hemp-specific sectors: Federal and state regulations and legislation; Food supplement and nutritional applications; pharmaceutical and cosmetics; cultivation and harvesting; decortication; crop components – seeds, greens, core fiber, root, bast fiber; construction and manufacturing; bio-composites and research; textiles; pulp and paper; Waste processing and handling; and analytical testing.

VIP Registration for the conference is $397 while standard accreditations are $297; representatives of governments and non-profit institutions may attend for $227. 

Supporting institutions

Sponsors and cooperating organizations for the conference are: Cannabis Business Solutions, AgeVital Pharmacy, Florida Hemp Association, Watson Strategies, The Florida Hemp Council, Native Hemp Solutions, SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler, Farm Credit of Florida, AgNet Media, Cannabis News Florida, Central Florida AgNews, Grass Roots America Magazine, Florida Medical Cannabis Conference & Exhibition, Florida Cannabis Action Network, HIGHLIFE Advertising & Marketing Agency, HempToday, Vote Hemp, and Infuzes.

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