The Florida House and Senate are both hearing hemp bills in committee this week. On Monday, the Senate Agriculture Committee is going to hear SB 1020. The proposed committee substitute makes it a virtual carbon copy of HB 333. The new version has some great stuff, but language requiring hemp license holders give up their Fourth Amendment Right by agreeing to inspections by any state or local law enforcement agency should give us pause. There is no question this bill will pass on Monday then head to its final stop, the Rules Committee. The Agriculture Committee meets at 1:30 PM in room 301 Senate Office Building. House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee State Affairs is the next stop for House Bill 333. This is the first hearing for HB 333 in the House. The House Committee meets on Tuesday at 12 noon in room 12 House Office Building. From the Agriculture Subcommittee this bill heads to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee. The proposed bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture to produce rules within 90 days of the bill becoming law. Those rules form the basis of a plan to be submitted to the US Secretary of Agriculture. Our President Ethel Rowland spoke at the USDA meeting on hemp last week. More than 3000 people joined the 3-hour discussion. Florida CAN was the only Florida based group to speak. Our Hemp Project needs to raise more than $500 this week to attend a special meeting where the plans for the new hemp rules will be discussed. We are dependent on our sponsors and donors to ensure we can promote sensible cannabis policies and assist in the implementation of rules. Please make your best donation now to assure FLCAN is there representing the people who need this plant, the people who want this plant and those who are using cannabis ahead of the law. Team FLCAN
Who is Florida CAN? Florida CAN is the oldest continuing Cannabis reform organization in Florida. We are dedicated to safe, legal access to the whole plant. The FLCAN executive board includes our esteemed Board of Directors, Ethel Rowland, President; Tripp Spring, Vice President; Arnold Diehl, Secretary; Bob Ohlwiler, Treasurer; Cathy Jordan, Immediate Past President; David McKinney, At-large Board; our leadership team includes Jodi James, Executive Director; Jared Bambis, Communication Committee; Jessi Brewer, Membership Committee; Carolyn Karpel, Community Outreach Committee; Steve Edmonds, Hemp Committee; Josephine Cannella-Krehl, Maria Hurley, Josh James, Charlotte Lambers, Phil Lorio, Jay Spillina and Brian Vitale. Membership is $35.00 annually. Members participate through committees – call our office if you are interested in doing more 321-253-3673. Click here to become a member or donate. Send your check or money order to our office at 1375 Cypress Ave. Melbourne, FL 32935 The purpose of Florida Cannabis Action Network (FLCAN) is to generate public support for sensible cannabis policies and to assist in the implementation thereof; to provide a forum for the public to speak out on this issue of national social concern; to educate the public regarding the consequences of cannabis prohibition and to raise funds to promote these civic purposes.