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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Creates ‘Director of Cannabis’ Position

Fried vowed to “push to expand patient access to medical marijuana”

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Friday said she has now created a position of “Director of Cannabis” under the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“We will be naming a Director of Cannabis in the coming weeks,” she said in a media availability after Friday’s Cabinet meeting. She is the only Democrat on the panel.

“That individual will oversee all of the different parts of the medical marijuana program that the Department oversees currently.”

The Department of Health, under Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, largely regulates the drug through its Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

The Agriculture Department, through its Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement, has been administering the Domestic Marijuana Eradication Program, a “federally funded system that directly supports local, state and county law enforcement agencies in the detection, dismantling and eradication of domestically grown marijuana.”

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