Holly Bell, the state’s Cannabis Director at the Agriculture Department is telling lawmakers the first legal hemp crop could be planted in Florida by the end of the year. It will be the first in the Sunshine State since the 1940s.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— A coronation in Tallahassee, as Florida House Republicans formally designate Chris Sprowls to be the next Speaker of the House. In his first speech as Designate, Sprowls urged lawmakers to pay less time in the virtual world and more attention to the real one.
— Florida Democrats are accusing Attorney General Ashley Moody of deception, saying she is being disingenuous in her attempt to keep an amendment banning assault rifles off the Florida ballot.
— A Miami Beach-area state lawmaker is filing a bill that would have lab animals put up for adoption instead of being killed when the research is done.
— Further adventures of Florida Man (or Men): Three men suspected of grand theft auto ended up in a sticky situation in Seminole County after they tried to escape by hiding in garbage bins.