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Hemp Industries Association of Florida Welcomes Release of Interim USDA Rules for U.S. Hemp Programs

2019-11-13T00:16:00-05:00

HIAF Members Uniquely Positioned to Offer Services Needed Under Current Regulations TALLAHASSEE, FL, November 4, 2019 – With the October 29 release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim U.S. domestic hemp program rules, the expansion of the industrial hemp market in Florida stands to take a major step forward through the various offerings and expertise of Hemp Industries Association of Florida (HIAF) board members. HIAF, the leading, non-profit trade association dedicated to supporting the commercialization of hemp in our state, welcomed the USDA’s proposed rules, which is a positive first step for the industry and those seeking guidance on [...]

Hemp Industries Association of Florida Welcomes Release of Interim USDA Rules for U.S. Hemp Programs2019-11-13T00:16:00-05:00

Q&A: Florida’s Former Lt. Governor Joins State Hemp Industry

2019-10-08T17:35:21-05:00

When former Lt. Gov Carlos Lopez-Cantera announced weeks ago that he joined the Hemp Industry Association of Florida as its president, it caught my eye for a number of reasons. Former elected officials are joining cannabis and hemp companies and organizations at an increasing rate, and Florida is positioned to be a “business-friendly” hemp state, once the final rules are adopted. Lopez-Cantera was Florida’s 19th lieutenant governor from 2014 to 2019. He was also the Majority Leader in the Florida House of Representatives, and also served as Miami-Dade County’s property appraiser. Some background: Florida officials expect the hemp rules to be [...]

Q&A: Florida’s Former Lt. Governor Joins State Hemp Industry2019-10-08T17:35:21-05:00

Florida Association Works with Future Hemp Community

2019-09-28T08:32:03-05:00

This month, those preparing to enter the hemp industry in Florida received legislative updates and attended meetings that were part of a statewide hemp road tour led by the Hemp Industries Association of Florida (HIAF). HIAF Chairman David Hasenauer hosted the meetings, which included several speakers that provided information on how to get started with growing hemp. He described the road tour meetings in five different cities as a space for all types of hemp enthusiasts to connect. cannabis “We’ve been going around the state to engage critical stakeholders, gather information and disseminate the best practices and guidance to potential entrepreneurs [...]

Florida Association Works with Future Hemp Community2019-09-28T08:32:03-05:00

Hemp Road Tour Drums up Growing Interest in Florida

2019-09-28T08:21:26-05:00

To say interest is high among Florida growers regarding industrial hemp would be an understatement. That was evident in the turnout at a recent Industrial Hemp Road Tour stop in Clermont. The event, hosted by the Hemp Industries Association of Florida, was one of five road tour stops recently held across the state. Permitting by Year’s End When Gov. DeSantis signed the hemp legislation into law this summer, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) began the work of developing the rules and regulations that will govern the state’s hemp program. Helen Miller, FDACS Director of External Affairs for [...]

Hemp Road Tour Drums up Growing Interest in Florida2019-09-28T08:21:26-05:00

Carlos Lopez-Cantera Announced as President of Hemp Industries Association of Florida

2019-09-19T11:33:30-05:00

Former Lieutenant Governor assumes leadership role to shape the future of Florida hemp TALLAHASSEE, FL, September 19, 2019 – Former Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera will head the Hemp Industries Association of Florida (HIAF) as its president, as announced by the leading, non-profit trade association dedicated to supporting the commercialization of hemp in the state. Lopez-Cantera was formally introduced in his new role as president at HIAF’s final Industrial Hemp Road Tour event on September 19 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tallahassee. HIAF is the official state charter of the national Hemp Industries Association, which has been advocating for fair hemp [...]

Carlos Lopez-Cantera Announced as President of Hemp Industries Association of Florida2019-09-19T11:33:30-05:00

Former lieutenant governor to become hemp association president

2019-09-18T15:17:45-05:00

By Arek Sarkissian 09/18/2019 01:06 PM EDT Former Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera will be announced as the first president of the Hemp Industries Association of Florida during a Thursday event in Tallahassee, association Chairman David Hasenauer said. Hasenauer told POLITICO this afternoon that Lopez-Cantera earned a reputation for supporting small businesses during his term as the lieutenant under former Gov. Rick Scott. Lopez-Cantera, a Republican, also plans to become a hemp farmer, Hasenauer said. "We can't think of anyone who would be a better fit for the job," Hasenauer said. Scott picked Lopez-Cantera to be lieutenant governor in January 2014. Lopez-Cantera [...]

Former lieutenant governor to become hemp association president2019-09-18T15:17:45-05:00

Hemp industry discussed in Jasper

2019-09-17T05:45:36-05:00

JASPER — The Florida chapter of the Hemp Industries Association continued its statewide road tour with a stop at the UF/IFAS Hamilton County Extension office Aug. 29. The tour, which is designed to provide informational workshops and presentations to the community surrounding the growing opportunities within the expanding hemp industry, included remarks from Ray Mazzie, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association of Florida; Dick Crockett, North Florida Regional Director, External Affairs, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Tim Standfield, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; and Ashley Leibe, Certified Cannabis Instructor. Read More

Hemp industry discussed in Jasper2019-09-17T05:45:36-05:00

Florida hemp industry awaits final regulations

2019-09-17T05:37:33-05:00

State officials are finishing up the rules to launch a hemp industry in Florida after legalization on a national level. The industry could be significant in South Florida, where the semitropical climate allows hemp to grow throughout the year. Already, hemp products and derivatives, such as CBD, are popping up in mainstream retailers. Read More

Florida hemp industry awaits final regulations2019-09-17T05:37:33-05:00

Hemp Workshop Seeks to Cut Through Hazy CBD Laws

2019-09-17T05:34:56-05:00

Leaders of the hemp industry in Florida came together in Pompano Beach Thursday, for the first stop on a statewide tour aimed at educating the community on new business developments. Lawyers and state officials including Ricardo Alvarez of the Florida Department of Agriculture tried to clear up some of the regulations and compliance codes associated with growing and distributing hemp. Read More

Hemp Workshop Seeks to Cut Through Hazy CBD Laws2019-09-17T05:34:56-05:00