Board Info

They say in unity lies real strength. With that in mind, the Florida Hemp Council was established to bring necessary resources to the Florida hemp industry and work together to overcome challenging times and remain sustainable.

Mission

The Mission of the Florida Hemp Council (FLHC) is to create a thriving ecosystem aimed at catapulting the Florida hemp industry to the forefront as leaders in hemp and hemp product production. We will represent all channels of the state’s economic engine, from farmers to retailers, and everyone in-between and help everyone stay connected to each other.

FLHC promotes the sound development for the emerging hemp industry. 

FLHC members are privy to vibrant programs which enhance their professional growth. 

We want to:

  • Keep licensing fees low.
  • Hold manufacturers to testing standards
  • Make sure all consumer disclosures are on the label
  • Promote continued research
  • Help guide farmers so they are not taken advantage of for their land for by untrusted seed sellers.
  • Promote Florida manufacturing state and local opportunities.
CHRIS MARTINEZ

CHRIS MARTINEZ

Chairman | Kaycha Labs

Chris Martinez is at the center of progress for the patient and consumer safety, providing cannabis testing and related services to physicians, research institutes, law enforcement agencies, farmers, processors, and manufacturers nationwide. He leads a diversified commercial laboratory, humanizing, streamlining, and automizing the process between data and diagnosis. As the largest full-service network of ISO […]

DAVID SMITH

DAVID SMITH

Vertical | Veritas Farms

Over an almost 40-year career, Mr. Smith has held various executive management positions in marketing, sales, operations, and business development. Prior to joining SanSal Wellness, for the past 7 years from 2011-2018, he was President of Inter-Continental Cigar Corporation, distributor of Al Capone Cigarillos, the #1 premium cigarillo in the U.S. From 2008-2011, Dave was […]

BRUCE VANAMAN

BRUCE VANAMAN

Processor | Evello International

As Vice President of Evello International, Bruce Vanaman is responsible for the development of technology and formulations, as well as the standard operating procedures associated with botanical oil extraction and processing. Mr. Vanaman brings with him 15 years of knowledge and expertise in the cannabis industry. He has a very successful track record in the […]

ARBY BARROSO

ARBY BARROSO

Manufacturer | Green Roads

Arby Barroso was a born athlete and competitor, but his world changed when he blew out his hip and femur in a sporting injury at age 23. Doctors didn’t know how to help him for 28 excruciating days, during which he was on a cocktail of painkillers like morphine, Demerol, Percoset and more. He recovered […]

CHRISTIAN GRAUBARD

CHRISTIAN GRAUBARD

Wholesale/Manufacturing | Nutrition Formulators Inc.

Christian Graubard was raised in the family business. The company his father Adolfo founded over two decades ago, shaped him as a young man. A strong commitment to customer service and quality of work were some of the first lessons he learned at Nutrition Formulators. He recalls having spent one Christmas Eve at NFI as […]

GABRIEL SUAREZ

GABRIEL SUAREZ

Retail | Natural Life Stores

Gabriel Suarez is a remarkable professional and a tenacious entrepreneur. The founder and president of the Natural Life Corporation, Gabriel’s achievements in his industry have made him a pacesetter with significant contributions. A South American native, Gabriel started his career in the corporate world more than 13 years ago and owns over 6 businesses including […]

Sarah Groves

Sarah Groves

Large Retail | Southeastern Grocers

Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is one of the largest conventional supermarket companies in the U.S. SEG grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies serve communities throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South […]

MIKE BLUME

MIKE BLUME

Professional | Blume Hemp

Bio coming soon.

HUSSEIN RAKINE

HUSSEIN RAKINE

At Large 1 | Just CBD

Hussein Rakine is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Just CBD. Mr. Rakine is an entrepreneur who owns 21 companies and brands, all within the smoke, vape and CBD industries. He was early to recognize the numerous benefits and retail potential of CBD and launched Just CBD in early 2017, placing an emphasis on […]

BRIAN DICKERSON

BRIAN DICKERSON

At Large 3 | Star Manufacturing Hemp

Brian Dickerson grew up in Naples, Florida and is the owner of Grassy Run Ranch, a cattle ranch, in Labelle, Florida. Mr. Dickerson is a partner with the law firm of FisherBroyles (22 offices nationwide), where he specializes in representing pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and health care practices. Additionally, Mr. Dickerson represents private label and OTC […]

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