Fresh From Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Pembroke Pines, Fla. — Today, Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried joined key Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services officials to host the first public hemp rulemaking workshop at Broward College in Pembroke Pines.

"The upcoming state hemp program marks a new industrial revolution — after eighty years of stalled progress, we can finally put hemp to work for farmers, entrepreneurs, and consumers here in Florida," said Commissioner Nikki Fried."Our Department is working swiftly to ensure the program's rules will be inclusive for everyone who... Continue >

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  • Florida Board of Medicine signs off on smokeable medical marijuana changes

    Posted: 06/13/2019
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  • Nikki Fried names doctors, lawyers, patients to new Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

    Posted: 06/13/2019
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