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Florida Lawmakers Set Sights On Industrial Hemp Production

The Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries voted Wednesday April 8 to recommend legislation that would authorize statewide farming, production and sale of industrial hemp. The vote was 8 to 4.

“This is not a bill to legalize marijuana in the state of Florida,” said

Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), its primary sponsor. “This is an industrial hemp bill.”

The term “industrial hemp” encompasses strains of the plant Cannabis sativa L. that have been bred specifically for industrial purposes, said Michael Krehl, founder of the Florida Hemp Alliance.

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