Lawmakers look to hemp as new industry

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With supporters pointing to the potential of a new industry, a House committee Thursday (April 18) approved a plan for regulating production of hemp.

The bill (HB 333), approved by the House State Affairs Committee, would create a regulatory framework that would be administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which is led by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a major cannabis advocate. It deals with issues such as licensing people or businesses to grow

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