Florida Considers Supporting Hemp Research for Biofuel Production


In Florida, state legislators are aiming to ease restrictions on industrial hemp research. Florida State Senate said that the House Bill 1217, which authorizes specified universities in state to engage in industrial hemp research projects, has been pending review in the past week.

Representative Ralph Massullo said industrial hemp is a viable crop for rural areas. Also stated in the proposed law is that universities could study how Florida's climate affects the plant and the market information  for the byproducts. Some Floridians believe industrial hemp could become the next agricultural powerhouse.

Industrial hemp has absolutely no recreational applications compared to its relative. It only has medical and industrial applications. Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. stated that Florida has been cautious about hemp since the government banned it alongside marijuana. Hence, Hemp, Inc continuously educates the public on the difference between hemp and marijuana.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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