click to enlarge On Friday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the creation of a new position dubbed the “director of cannabis” under the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services department.

“We will be naming a director of cannabis in the coming of weeks,” Fried told reporters during Friday’s Cabinet meeting, according to a report from the website Florida Politics. Fried is the only Democrat in the state Cabinet. “That individual will oversee all of the different parts of the medical marijuana program that the Department oversees currently.” 

Fried added that the new position will also contribute toward “a full movement forward on to instituting hemp here in our state and moving forward on a rule-making process in accordance with the Farm Bill that was passed and signed in 2018.”

In Florida, cannabis is regulated through the state Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use. However, the Agriculture Department has 

click to enlarge been enforcing the Domestic Marijuana Eradication Program – which, as you might have guessed, is a (bummer) program that supports law enforcement agencies in shutting down homegrown weed-growing operations – through its Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement.

But as the department’s website says, its food experts

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