Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has filled the Director of Cannabis job


Holly Bell, a consultant for the cannabis and hemp industry in Nashville since August, is expected to be named as Florida's first Director of Cannabis with the state Agriculture Commissioner's office.

An official announcement is expected for later today, according to a report from the website Florida Politics. The website notes that it relied on unnamed sources and Bell's professional website that said she is "currently on permanent assignment as the Director of Cannabis for the state of Florida." Her professional bio has since been edited.

Earlier today, Fried's office issued a media advisory of a "major announcement related to cannabis in Florida" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. We've reached out to Bell for comment.

Per Bell's resume (available here), as part of her consulting work, most recently she specialized in the "Cannabis/HEMP, Entertainment and Finance Industries." Prior to that, she was a director of business development at Safe Harbor Services in Denver, Colorado, a service-based program that connects cannabis-related businesses with financial institutions, and was a practice management consultant at ProEquities Broker Dealer in Birmingham, Alabama.

Late last month, the Agriculture Commissioner's office announced it had opened up the search to fill the Director of Cannabis position. A spokesperson for the office told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the position will earn between $90,000 and $120,000 a year.  

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