Florida's First Cannabis Director

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced Wednesday, Holly Bell, will be Florida’s first Director of Cannabis. Bell will oversee the state’s involvement in the medical marijuana program, direct rule-making for edibles and patient advocacy.

“My role in Florida will be to understand needs, find solutions, do a lot of research and keep progress moving forward along with the commissioner’s vision,” said Bell.

Nikki Fried said during a press conference, “the stakes are really high in our state to get this right, Holly’s knowledge and understanding of startups and experience bringing people together to implement a vision makes her a bold and bright choice to build a future of cannabis here in the state of Florida.”

The new director, former Nashville banker, will make $110,000 per year.

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