FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Customers are raving about the new slices at Pizza City in Fort Lauderdale — especially the marinara sauce, which is infused with cannabidiol, aka CBD oil, the trendy but controversial compound commonly found in marijuana. At Foxworth Fountain in Delray Beach you can order ice-cream floats, sundaes and milkshakes speared with syringes of CBD oil. Three weeks ago at Colada, a cafe north of downtown Fort Lauderdale, employees began spiking shots of Cuban cafecito with the oil. South Florida restaurants are buzzing over CBD in recent months, touting the oil’s ability to treat everything from [...]
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Saying they failed to heed the will of voters, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered Florida lawmakers Thursday to eliminate a ban on smokable medical marijuana and, if they don’t comply, threatened to drop the state’s appeal of a court ruling that found the prohibition ran afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment. DeSantis, who had been widely expected to announce he was going to drop the appeal, instead delivered the unambiguous ultimatum, which he called the “sword of Damocles” hanging over the head of legislative leaders. The Republican governor said he also wants lawmakers to address other components of a 2017 law [...]
Nationally, hemp is moving towards a billion-dollar enterprise and Florida could very well be a leader, due to its environment, world market access and innovative farming. The Cannabis sativa plant is cultivated as a fiber and grain crop. It may be used for building materials, forages and medicine. Zachary Brym, assistant professor of agronomy at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead says that initiating an industrial hemp program is important to get a first look at how hemp can be a valuable crop in Florida. “We’re searching for the right combinations of genetics and cropping systems that can be [...]