An unrelated meeting at the USDA led former Lt. Gov Carlos Lopez-Cantera to the Hemp Industry Association of Florida.
National cannabis companies are lobbying in Florida in the midst of legalization pushes from both industry and advocacy groups.
One effort is backed by industry giants, the other by grassroots advocates. Either would transform the state’s cannabis landscape.
The Florida House voted to lift the smokable cannabis ban, sending it to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign the measure.
U.S. House Rep. Matt Gaetz tells Cannabis Wire that Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed back on his suggestion to unilaterally settle lawsuits and reform the state’s medical cannabis system.
In a move that will almost certainly untangle the program from lawsuits and drop costs for patients, Ron DeSantis says he’s fixing a law that’s “not up to snuff.”
Nikki Fried, a former medical cannabis lobbyist and the state’s new Commissioner of Agriculture, tells Cannabis Wire how she plans to use her office to widen access to medical cannabis.