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Kyle Diamantas, Baker Donelson associate in Orlando and Samuel L. Felker, Baker Donelson managing shareholder in .Fort Lauderdale(Photo: Courtesy Photo) Kyle Diamantas, Baker Donelson associate in Orlando and Samuel L. Felker, Baker Donelson managing shareholder in .Fort Lauderdale(Photo: Courtesy Photo)

Florida is a step closer to permitting hemp production, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signing into law legislation set forth in Florida Statutes Section 581.217, establishing a state hemp program within the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). The law tasks the FDACS with developing regulations for administering the state’s hemp program, including regulations for licensing, cultivation, and distribution of hemp and its constituent parts, which include cannabidiol (CBD), and submitting the state’s plan to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for approval. The law took effect July 1.

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