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COVID19 pandemic impact on the Florida cannabis and CBD industries.

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Holly Bell
Florida Department of Agriculture, Director of Cannabis

After a career in banking and financial services, Holly Bell consulted on cannabis business issues in numerous states. Ms. Bell worked to build the infrastructure to support the creation of Tennessee's cannabis industry, following passage of that state's industrial hemp legislation. A native of Indiana with family roots in northeast Florida, Ms. Bell earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

In her role as Director of Cannabis, Ms. Bell oversees the development of rules, works directly with scientific experts, and ensures Commissioner Fried's vision for cannabis in Florida continues moving forward. Ms.Bell works closely with the Department's Division of Plant Industry, Food Safety, and AES on developing Florida's hemp industry, including the production, processing, inspecting, and manufacturing of industrial hemp. She also works with the Florida Department of Health as it relates to medical marijuana edibles and consumer issues.  Ms. Bell also works closely with the Commissioner's industrial hemp and medical marijuana advisory committees as well as the Hemp Advisory Council.



Holly Bell, the Florida Department of Agriculture Director of cannabis, will give a keynote address on the impact of COVID19 on the local cannabis and CBD industries. She will also provide an update on the new edibles production standards and the effect of the recently enacted CBD regulations on the local CBD industry.