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President Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 5, 2019

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President Galvano Appoints Senator Bradley to the Industrial Hemp Advisory Council

Senator Bradley and former Senator Grimsley to represent the Senate

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointments of Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) and former Senator Denise Grimsley to represent the Senate on the Industrial Hemp Advisory Council.

“I am honored that Senator Bradley and former Senator Grimsley will represent the Senate on the Industrial Hemp Advisory Council as they work to ensure this new industry is developed in a safe and responsible manner,” said President Galvano. “Senator Bradley has been a major proponent of the implementation of the State Hemp Program and its Advisory Council, and understands the potential for hemp to become a huge economic driver in our state. Former Senator Grimsley is an advocate for our agricultural community, and recognizes the opportunity for this commodity to help revitalize Florida’s agricultural industry that has been negatively impacted by both hurricanes and disease.”

“There is a great deal of opportunity, both for Florida’s agricultural community and our economy, that comes with the production of industrial hemp in our state. I am honored to be appointed by President Galvano to the Industrial Hemp Advisory Council and I look forward to continuing to fight for Florida’s farmers,” said Senator Bradley.

The Industrial Hemp Advisory Council was created in 2019 by Senate Bill 1020, sponsored by Senator Bradley. The legislation creates the State Hemp Program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and creates the Industrial Hemp Advisory Council for the purpose of providing advice and expertise to the department with respect to plans, policies, and procedures applicable to the administration of the State Hemp Program.