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 Central Florida, told attendees the department hopes to have rules and regulations in place by the end of the year with permitting beginning shortly thereafter. There will be no caps on the number of permits approved. Applicants must undergo a background check and not have been charged with a narcotics felony in the past 10 years. The permit cost for growing industrial hemp will be $650.

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