Florida universities, colleges allowed to conduct hemp, cannabis research

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Hemp and cannabis research was illegal until 2014 when Congress allowed it in the Farm Bill. A little-noticed provision of the new medical marijuana law in Florida allows state universities to conduct research. That’s a first for Florida, but not for other states such as Kentucky, which is leaps and bounds ahead of Florida when it comes to this emerging industry.

Kentucky is expected to have 4,000 acres of hemp growing this year, and while Florida is slow to embrace the hemp and marijuana industry, the advantage it has over other states is climate. Here, farmers could sow as many as three crops a year, while others are limited to one or two.

Later this month farmers in Kentucky will put their third hemp crop into the ground. The state’s agriculture commissioner sees a bright future. More @ Source