CBD products have largely been sold without governmental oversight in Florida, but this changed Jan. 1, when the office of Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried implemented new rules to regulate the industry.
The new rules address pesticide use, product labeling and the inspection of products produced or sold in the state, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report. Retailers must pay a $650 fee to sell CBD products, and will be inspected to ensure compliance.
“[Inspectors] are going out, looking at what’s on the shelf and if you are not compliant with those labeling laws, you will be given a certain amount of time to become compliant,” Holly Bell, Fried’s cannabis director, told The News Service of Florida.
The Florida Legislature approved legislation paving the way for a regulated hemp industry in the state last year, and lawmakers charged Fried’s office with establishing a regulatory framework for hemp and CBD products, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.