Florida Senate - 2017 CS for CS for SB 1726 By the Committees on Appropriations; and Agriculture; and Senators Montford and Powell 576-04160-17 20171726c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to industrial hemp pilot projects; 3 creating s. 1004.4473, F.S.; authorizing the 4 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to 5 oversee the development of industrial hemp pilot 6 projects for the Institute of Food and Agricultural 7 Sciences at the University of Florida and the Florida 8 Agricultural and Mechanical University; authorizing 9 the universities to develop the pilot projects in 10 partnership with public, nonprofit, and private 11 entities; providing the purpose of the pilot projects; 12 defining terms; requiring each university to obtain 13 the authorization of its board of trustees before 14 implementing a pilot project; requiring pilot projects 15 to comply with rules adopted by the department; 16 requiring the department to adopt certain rules by a 17 specified date; requiring the universities to develop 18 partnerships with certain entities; requiring the 19 universities to establish guidelines for the approval, 20 oversight, and enforcement of pilot project rules; 21 requiring a report to the Governor and the Legislature 22 within a specified timeframe; providing an effective 23 date. 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. Section 1004.4473, Florida Statutes, is created 28 to read: 29 1004.4473 Industrial hemp pilot projects.— 30 (1) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 31 shall authorize and oversee the development of industrial hemp 32 pilot projects, and promulgate the rules governing such 33 projects, for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at 34 the University of Florida and the Florida Agricultural and 35 Mechanical University. The Institute of Food and Agricultural 36 Sciences at the University of Florida and the Florida 37 Agricultural and Mechanical University may develop industrial 38 hemp pilot projects in partnership with public, nonprofit, and 39 private entities in accordance with this section and all 40 applicable state and federal laws. The purpose of the pilot 41 projects is to cultivate, process, test, research, create, and 42 market safe and effective commercial applications for industrial 43 hemp in the agricultural sector in this state. 44 (2) As used in this section, the term: 45 (a) “Hemp material” means a substance containing hemp 46 stems, leaves, fibers, seeds, extracts, oil, or any other 47 substance derived or harvested from a species of the cannabis 48 plant. 49 (b) “Industrial hemp” means all parts and varieties of the 50 cannabis sativa plant, cultivated or possessed by an approved 51 grower under the pilot project, whether growing or not, which 52 contain a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not 53 exceed 0.3 percent on a dry-weight basis. 54 (c) “Industrial hemp pilot project” or “pilot project” 55 means a project that includes research of industrial hemp and 56 any aspect of cultivation, harvesting, processing, market 57 research, and sales of approved industrial hemp agricultural, 58 industrial, and commercial products. 59 (d) “Qualified program personnel” means a person who, or an 60 employee of a company, that, partners with the University of 61 Florida or the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University on 62 a pilot project, is certified by the university, is 18 years of 63 age or older, and has passed the required criminal background 64 check. 65 (e) “Qualified project partner” means a public, nonprofit, 66 or private entity that has a principal place of business is in 67 this state and meets the requirements of subsection (3). 68 (3) A qualified project partner must, at a minimum, meet 69 all of the following requirements: 70 (a) Have access to a grow site and research facility 71 located in this state which is acceptable for the cultivation, 72 processing, and manufacturing of industrial hemp and hemp 73 products, as determined by the Department of Agriculture and 74 Consumer Services. 75 (b) Submit a comprehensive business or research plan 76 acceptable to the partnering university. 77 (c) Provide proof of prior experience in the cultivation, 78 processing, manufacturing, or research of medical marijuana or 79 industrial hemp, as determined by the Department of Agriculture 80 and Consumer Services. 81 (4) Each university must obtain the authorization of its 82 board of trustees before implementing an industrial hemp pilot 83 project. A pilot project authorized by a university must be 84 registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer 85 Services. The pilot project must comply with rules adopted by 86 the department, which must address safety, compliance, and 87 accountability and, at a minimum, must require the universities 88 to provide detailed information on the scope, design, and 89 objectives of the pilot project; information on personnel and 90 participants involved in the pilot project; facility locations 91 and security; the chain of control of hemp material; the 92 economic impact of the pilot project on the state’s agricultural 93 sector; genetic research, ensuring that psychotropic compounds 94 will not be synthesized; and compliance with state and federal 95 law. The rules shall be promulgated by the department no later 96 than October 31, 2018. 97 (5) Each university shall develop partnerships with 98 qualified project partners to attract experts and investors 99 experienced with industrial hemp research and the 100 commercialization of such projects. 101 (6) The universities’ respective research offices shall 102 oversee the pilot projects and ensure compliance with department 103 rule. The offices must identify a contact person who is 104 responsible for oversight of the pilot project. Each university 105 research office shall adopt procedures and guidelines to ensure 106 the proper operation of the pilot project, the proper handling 107 of hemp material and products, compliance with state and federal 108 law, and the safety and security of the pilot project 109 facilities. At a minimum, the guidelines must meet all of the 110 following requirements: 111 (a) Designate the physical location, global positioning 112 system position, and map of the pilot project facility. Areas 113 within the facility must be designated as general access or 114 limited access. An area where hemp material is cultivated, 115 processed, stored, or packaged or where industrial hemp research 116 is conducted must be designated as limited access. Limited 117 access areas must be restricted to entry by qualified program 118 personnel and authorized visitors accompanied at all times by 119 qualified program personnel. All other areas of the facility may 120 be designated as general access and are open to authorized 121 visitors, regardless of whether accompanied by qualified program 122 personnel. 123 (b) Identify the qualified program personnel involved in 124 the pilot projects. The personnel must have successfully 125 completed a level 2 screening pursuant to s. 435.04. Owners and 126 employees of companies directly involved in the pilot projects 127 must comply with this requirement. 128 (c) Authorize the qualified program personnel to handle, 129 grow, cultivate, process, and manufacture hemp materials. 130 (d) Establish a testing program and protocols to ensure the 131 proper labeling of hemp material. 132 (e) Establish guidelines for attracting successful, 133 entrepreneurial, and experienced public and private investors 134 and partners who are interested in pursuing an industrial hemp 135 pilot project. 136 (7) Each university that implements an industrial hemp 137 pilot project shall submit a report to the Governor, the 138 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 139 Representatives on the status of its pilot project and any 140 research related to the cultivation, harvesting, processing, and 141 uses of industrial hemp. The report must be prepared and 142 submitted within 2 years after the pilot project’s creation. 143 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.