Below is an excerpt we received yesterday afternoon from our legal team detailing the Florida chapter of the Americans for Healthy Alternatives Association (AHAA) putting together a massive lobbying push to fight the recent proposed bills in the state of Florida.
For those not familiar, HB 1475 & SB 1676 would effectively put our entire industry in the State of Florida out of business July 1st by banning federally legal hemp derived products and restricting package dosages BELOW recommended levels. SB 1676 & HB 1475 are two of the most dangerous bills Florida has seen when it comes to the overregulation of healthy alternatives. In the Florida Senate, Republicans have a super majority of 28 out of 40 seats and in the Florida House, Republicans have a large majority with 84 seats to 35 seats. Both of these bills have Republican sponsors in the House and the Senate. The Florida chapter of the Americans for Healthy Alternatives Association needs help with raising a massive lobbying effort that will be enough to kill these job & industry destroying bills in committee in the next 2 weeks. The loss of Florida will almost certainly lead to the loss of the entire country for our industry.
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If you are employed in the industry or own a business in the industry we urge you to reach out to the below representatives detailing how the passing of these bills would affect your business & employees. We urge all other customers to reach out to their local state representatives with their testimony as to how properly dosed hemp derived products have helped you.
Below is a link to find your local representative to reach out to with your testimony if you own a business or reside in the state of Florida. Once submitting your location you will be redirected to contact information for your local representative:
Below are links to the 2 representatives that are sponsoring these bills to reach out with your testimony:
The passing of these bills in the state of Florida will certainly lead to losing the industry as a whole. We urge you to do your part in helping us rise against those pushing to shut down our industry before it’s too late.
“ Hello Everyone,
For those not familiar, [above are the two bills] that would put our entire industry in the State [of Florida] out of business in 4 months. As some of you may be aware in the Florida Senate Republicans currently have a super majority of 28 out of 40 seats and in the Florida House, Republicans have a large majority with 84 seats to 35 seats. Sadly these bills have Republican sponsors in both the House and the Senate, so please do not allow anyone to tell you this bill has no support. We expect these bills to be assigned to committees this week (most likely Finance and taxation, but possibly agriculture or regulated industries) After speaking with the lobbying team we believe a 1 million dollar lobbying effort will be enough to kill these job/industry destroying bills in committee in the next 2 weeks.
First we must save Florida!! Many companies left other states and came to Florida after similar bills made our industry illegal in their home states. The loss of Florida will almost certainly lead to the loss of the entire country for our industry.
I realize how frustrating it is to just give away hard earned money. However, that hesitancy is what cost Virginia, a state of almost 9 million people to lose our entire industry overnight. At 10:30 am EST FHAA President JD McCormick is meeting with the Governors office in Virginia to plead for a veto so 4,000+ people don’t lose their jobs and our industry doesn’t lose access to these consumers. We cannot risk this happening to Florida. For those of you who are hesitant about donating please ask yourself how much it is worth to you to still be able to do business in Florida July 2nd of this year. I do recognize that many of us here are competitors, some don’t even like each other, but in this case we are all on the same side. Please think of any donations as the best possible investment your company can make. I can’t imagine there’s a much higher ROI than being able to continue to do business. All donations are tax deductible. In addition to our own contributions, please reach out to anyone you can think of who currently benefits from our industry. Terpene suppliers, d8 suppliers, cbd isolate suppliers, packaging suppliers etc etc. Anyone you can think of who does business in this space.
If we do not fight to save our industry we will lose it in literally less than 4 months.“