The Industrial Hemp Bill or Senate Bill 1020 received a unanimous vote from Florida State Senate, and passed the bill. Commercial hemp was approved on May 3, 2019.
While cultivation of hemp for research purposes is legal in the state, Florida had been slow to accept the commercial use of hemp. On the other hand, the state is still waiting for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign the bill.
Once the bill has been signed into law, the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is going to regulate the new industry. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is the one leading the department, which is also an advocate for cannabis and hemp.