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Colorado’s Former Cannabis Director Says State’s Hemp Permitting System Helped Industry Grow

Florida Director of Cannabis Holly Bell this week said permits for growing hemp could be issued before the end of this year.

Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s former Director of Cannabis Coordination, spoke to the Economic Club of Florida Thursday. He says in Colorado, a growing license is the only licensing part of the hemp system – adding that simplicity helped expand the industry.

“When it came time to sell, you essentially weren’t selling inside any sort of licensed hemp system,” Freedman said. “You had a plot of land, you paid per square foot for the privilege of growing hemp, which is probably why it grew so fast – it hasn’t been a very constricted licensing system.

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State Sen. Neil Anderson Crosses Party Lines To Vote For Legal Marijuana

The Illinois Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state beginning Jan. 1, 2020, allowing residents 21 and older to possess 30 grams of cannabis and nonresidents 15 grams.

A pre-rolled joint purchased from a dispensary usually contains between one-half and one gram.

The 38-17 vote was decided largely along party lines, with Democrats mostly supporting the bill and Republicans opposing. However, three Republicans voted for the measure, including Sen. Neil Anderson of Andalusia, who represents the Illinois Quad Cities.

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