Updated: Nov 15, 2021
We were honored when Nikki Fried, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, reached out to host a press conference at South Street Farms in the pursuit of justice when the state of Florida announced a new rule that will more than double fees ONLY for Black farmers applying for medical marijuana licenses. This new rule is discriminatory and disgusting and needs to be revised immediately.
As a licensed Hemp Cultivator, it is important to understand the history of this state and work with legislators to ensure equal rights and access for all. We are ready for the fight to become the First or Next Black Farmer to hold a Marijuana Cultivation License, making headway in an industry that has proven to have so many medical benefits for communities that have been historically incarcerated and demonized for its very use. Medical Marijuana can serve as a pathway to bring jobs, resources, and opportunities back to those same communities. We know it won’t be easy task to take on, but with the right Team and Support it is possible for sure!
Thank you Commissioner Nikki Fried, Senator Geraldine Thompson, Eric Range (Minorities for Medical Marijuana) and staff for elevating this issue, and using South Street Urban Farms at Infinite Zion Farms as a platform to do so.
As a result of this press conference, Infinite Zion Farms was featured on Central Florida's WFTV 9 News with Martha Sugalski:
This story was also covered on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel.
You can check out the full article in the Orlando Sentinel here: