Ag commissioner names Florida's first-ever cannabis director

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - Florida’s commissioner of agriculture has named the state’s first-ever cannabis director.

Holly Bell, a banker from Nashville, will serve in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, working to implement Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried’s vision for marijuana in the state.

One main priority: passing legislation to regulate hemp in the state, to help Florida farmers.

“After 80 years of stalled progress, we can finally be putting cannabis to work for farmers, consumers, and patients here in Florida. That's exactly what I worked on in Tennessee by bringing farmers, investors, and government together to build an infrastructure to drive the economy," said Bell.

The newly created position comes with a $110,000 a year salary.