• Former Florida lieutenant governor to lead hemp trade group

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Former Gov. Rick Scott's lieutenant governor has been tapped as the first president of the Hemp Industries Association of Florida.

    The association's official website says former Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera's new position will be officially announced during a Thursday event in Tallahassee.

    Chairman David Hasenauer says Lopez-Cantera earned a reputation for supporting small businesses while working under Scott, who left office because of term limits and successfully ran for the U.S. Senate.

    The hemp trade association set up an office near the Capitol in February as the Legislature worked on a bill to develop regulations for the state's hemp industry.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture must still approve the rules, which Florida's cannabis director Holly Bell says will likely take effect early next year.

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