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Two Florida Universities to Grow Hemp for Research

The cannabis industry remains one of the most rapidly growing fields in the United States. With more and more states legalizing marijuana, numerous universities are beginning to launch studies on the plant’s miraculous properties. And Florida is not an exception to the rule.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and the University of Florida will have the right to cultivate industrial hemp if a new bill is passed by the state’s legislature.

The initiative, known as Senate Bill 1726, is likely to be soon signed by the governor. According to the new bill, the schools would be allowed to enter a new project to investigate the commercial outlook for hemp in the rural areas of Florida, according to the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida (MMBAF).

The research will be managed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The project is aimed to determine:

  • The most efficient methods of cultivating, processing, and selling hemp;
  • ways of identifying and managing diseases and pests;
  • agricultural opportunities for growing hemp, and
  • ways to assist farmers with the new activities.

Florida is going to join more than 30 colleges and universities that cultivated about 10,000 acres of hemp in 2016 for scientific purposes, according to MMBAF.

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