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Learning the benefits of hemp at 850 Hemp Summit

Posted at 5:44 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 17:44:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Learning the benefits of Hemp. Floridians from across the state were in the Capital City on Wednesday to learn more about the plant that has everyone talking.

Hemp is a plant that is commonly mistaken for its well-known cousin, but many who research it say it could help boost the economy for the Sunshine State.

At the first 850 Hemp Summit, businesses, organizations and the general public learned more about the plant that is the talk of the town.

Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier says because hemp has so many benefits, it's expected to grow to a $20 billion industry.

"We can make rope, plastic bio-fuels, the list is endless. There are at least 25,000 products that can come from hemp," said Dozier.

Dozier says research still needs to be done about what type of hemp grows best in our North Florida climate. The hope is that hemp could lead farmers to diversify their crops.

There will be another 850 Hemp Summit on Nov. 13 in Marianna.