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Louisiana is the only state that requires occupational licenses for florists. It's absurd. - USA TODAYWednesday, April 11, 2018
Shoshana Weissmann and C. Jarrett Dieterle, Opinion Contributors Published 7:00 a.m. ET March 28, 2018 Louisiana is the only state that requires florists to obtain a license. However, many states have absurd licensing laws that need to be nixed.Unlicensed florist Monique Chauvin protests at the courthouse in New Orleans in 2010.(Photo: Sean Gardner for USA TODAY)“Sandy Meadows died alone and in poverty because the State of Louisiana wouldn’t allow her to work in a perfectly harmless occupation.”So said Clark Neily, who represented Meadows in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn Louisiana’s floristry licensing law back in 2003.In a nation rife with wacky occupational licensing laws — different states around the country license everything from fortunetellers to frog farmers — Louisiana has stood alone as the only state that mandates a license for putting together a bouquet. Now, nearly 14 years after Meadows’ death, Louisiana may finally be on the brink of overturning this absurd requirement.More: Mayors want to pass gun safety laws, but the NRA and our state legislatures won't let usMore: Supreme Court Janus case is bigger than u...
Woman whose body was found in florist parking lot took her own life ... - Press HeraldWednesday, April 11, 2018
LEWISTON — Police said the death of a 57-year-old woman whose body was discovered Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Roak the Florist has been ruled an apparent suicide.The woman was from the greater Lewiston area. Her remains were expected to be taken the Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta for an autopsy, where the official cause and manner of death will be determined, Lt. David St. Pierre said.Maine State Police crime scene investigators had been at the scene collecting evidence in case the death had been ruled suspicious. They turned over the scene to local detectives before 11 a.m., after homicide was deemed unlikely.< PreviousStaff Photo of the Day: Wednesday, April 11Next >Yarmouth may hold event to collect unwanted gunsfiled under:Related StoriesLatest ArticlesLife & CultureNation & WorldLocal & State...
Hemp operation opens in storied Lafayette Florist greenhouse - Longmont Times-CallWednesday, April 11, 2018
Franchesca Abeyta, left, You Chun Li, and Maggie Ullrich work to clip clones of hemp plants at the Cultivas Bio Hemp Nursery inside Lafayette Florist greenhouse on Wednesday in Lafayette. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)An agricultural biotechnology company has launched a hemp grow operation in a newly renovated greenhouse space on the grounds of the historic Lafayette Florist.Lafayette-based Front Range Biosciences rented the 12,000-square-foot greenhouse — which had been used to grow flowers since the 1970s — and is growing industrial hemp clones to be sold to other growers. Jon Vaught, Front Range Biosciences co-founder and CEO, said the operation will soon be operating at full capacity, producing 75,000 hemp rooted cuttings per month."Our focus is on (growing) the highest quality plant-starts — healthy, disease-free, pesticide-free," he said. " ... Then we distribute them to the growers and they go do what they do." The iconic family-owned Lafayette Florist will continue normal retail operations in the space adjacent to the greenhouse.The business began in 1949 when Kumiko and Yasutaro Yoshihara opened a produce sta... http://www.timescall.com/business/ci_31751323/hemp-operation-opens-storied-lafayette-florist-greenhouse
Geneva Garden Club luncheon features demo by top floral designer - Kane County ChronicleWednesday, April 11, 2018
Award for continuing education in the floral industry, the release stated. Windisch speaks at floral events across northern Illinois and recently won an award for his tablescapes at the Illinois Florist Association.A Simon Pearce vase and The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook are being donated by bb Interiors for one of 30 raffle prize baskets. Other baskets are from Scentimental Gardens, Colour Line Hair Salon, Country Naturals, and Chicagoland Gardening Magazine/My Secret Garden.Proceeds from the event help the club maintain Geneva Garden Club Park along the Fox River, go toward scholarships, tree replanting in the parks, tending the parkway area at State and Third streets, and planting the containers at CASA, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center and at the Geneva History Center. ... http://www.kcchronicle.com/2018/04/08/geneva-garden-club-luncheon-features-demo-by-top-floral-designer/afp3gv1/
Front Range Biosciences Restores, Repurposes Historic Lafayette Greenhouse for Industrial Hemp Propagation - PR Newswire (press release)Wednesday, April 11, 2018
FRB") a leading agricultural biotech company that specializes in tissue culture propagation of high value crops, announced today that it has completed restoration of the iconic Lafayette Florist greenhouse located in Lafayette, Colorado, after three months of construction. The greenhouse, which had been used for flower production since the 1970s, will now be used for industrial hemp propagation."We are excited for this new opportunity with FRB," said Brian J. Wheat, CEO of Lafayette Florist. "The business began in 1949 after the Yoshihara family was released from a WWII Japanese Relocation Camp and purchased two acres in Lafayette. Since then, generations of our family have worked to build growing greenhouses, a flower shop and garden center. Lafayette Florist proudly remains in the same location where we will continue to provide locally sourced plant materials and build happiness through the power of flowers."The greenhouse is licensed by FRB's partner company Cultivas Bio LLC., and will add 12,000 sq. ft. of propagation space to FRB's current operations, enabling the Company to produce an additional 75,000 hemp rooted cuttings per month from it's tissue culture Clean Stock program for Spring 2018; a 400% increase in production. The...