The University of Florida and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University would be allowed to grow and cultivate industrial hemp under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature.
Once the governor signs Senate Bill 1726, the schools are authorized to enter a pilot project to research the commercial prospects for hemp in rural areas of the state, the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida (MMBAF) said in a news release.
The schools would conduct the research under the guidance of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services.
The research is intended to determine:
- Agricultural opportunities for hemp cultivation
- Best practices for growing,