Nikki Fried: Hemp Has Added $370 Million, 9,000 Jobs to Florida’s Economy in One Year

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Florida’s state hemp program, overseen by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

The department and its Office of Cannabis manage and regulate Florida’s hemp program and cannabis products, including CBD.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried weighed in, insisting hemp has given a boost to the Sunshine State.

“Florida’s state hemp program is leading the way in creating great jobs, safe and useful products, and a bright future for this new industry. It’s a great crop for Florida’s farmers with the potential for over 25,000 uses including textiles, biocomposite building materials, biodegradable packaging products, and food and medicinal products like CBD,” said Fried. “In its first year alone, hemp in Florida has created an estimated $370 million economic impact, supported over 9,000 jobs, and generated over $17 million in federal, state, and local tax revenue. In year two, we will increase multicultural public education and outreach on the benefits of hemp, and supporting hemp producers, processors, and retailers in meeting consumer needs and increasing demand. We will also advance research and testing, ensuring Florida hemp products meet the rigorous quality and safety standards that the law requires and consumers deserve. I’m proud of our department’s work on this new green economic driver, and I believe that Floridians will enjoy the benefits of this commodity for generations to come. The sky’s the limit for Florida hemp and we’re very excited about year two.”

In 2021, FDACS will put increased emphasis on consumer outreach and education in multiple languages for diverse audiences, and today released a bilingual hemp education video in Spanish and English, which may be viewed below.

Since FDACS began accepting applications to grow industrial hemp on April 27, 2020, Florida has approved more than 800 hemp cultivation permits for farmers in 65 of Florida’s 67 counties, with more than 30,000 acres approved for planting. On April 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Florida’s state hemp program, clearing the way for growers to begin cultivation on April 27, 2020.

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