Fried told a news conference that her office expects some changes following public feedback, but was optimistic planting wasn’t too far off. She believed a finalized set of rules would be ready for review in mid-July, then submitted to federal agriculture officials for approval.

If there aren’t major rule challenges— Fried said planting could begin in the fall.

The hemp bill still lacks the governor’s signature. Fried said she recently asked his staff about that. “Again— asking if they had any questions or concerns. It didn’t seem that was the case. That it was just a matter of them getting through the budget. We saw that on Friday. Hopefully they will take up some more policy bills and start putting together a game plan for this week.”

Fried expects hemp to become a $10-20 billion dollar industry in Florida.