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THC cap? Jose Oliva wants one on all forms of medical cannabis

Flower and concentrates would be affected.

The concept of a 10% THC cap on medical cannabis has been floated without success in Tallahassee, but the House Speaker would like to revisit the proposal.

Whereas what has been contemplated is a 10% cap on flower (“mids,” as they call it on the street), Rep. Jose Oliva believes that a cap on the level of the psychoactive compound makes sense for all cannabis products.

“I think it’s important that we pass it,” Oliva said Thursday after the House adjourned.

“We’re seeing different strains now in Europe that are 100 times stronger, and we’re starting to learn that this has some schizophrenic results, especially in young, developing brains.”

“It is in fact a priority for us,” Oliva added.

“In talking with the Senate President over the summer, he felt it was important to take a serious look at this,” Oliva noted. “Again, I think it’s still early, and I feel confident we’ll be able to get something done.”

While flower in Florida’s medical cannabis program includes low-THC strains such as Charlotte’s Web and ACDC, patients typically prize variants more laden with THC.

Levels currently approach 25% with some strains’ most favorable grows.

However, that number pales in comparison to vapes, dabs and other assorted distillates, where concentrations of the substance can be as high as 90%.

“We would like to see a general THC limit,” Oliva said.

Ahead of the Legislative Session, House committees heard cautionary tales about pernicious cannabis, with experts and skeptics drawing links between marijuana legalization and underworld nefarity.

Despite the House’s apparent goal, legislation is not moving to impose that cap.

And one prominent Senator from Oliva’s party is skeptical.

Sen. Rob Bradley, the Senate budget chair, said “this is not a new concept. It was discussed last Session.”

“We actually don’t have a bill in the Senate that does that right now that I’m aware of. We’ve never had a hearing on it,” Bradley said.

“What I said before and I’ll say again is I’m open to having any discussion on health policy matters,” Bradley said.

“Let’s hear what the argument is. I’ve never really heard the argument. I’ve heard some anecdotal things about why it’s a good idea or a bad idea. But I’ve never heard a long, substantive presentation at a hearing on the matter,” Bradley added.

“I’m sure I’m like many of my fellow Senators that we’re going to reserve judgement until we hear those arguments,” the Senator continued.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.



  1. Thomas Smith

    February 13, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    This is as dumb as it gets. Letting someone with no real knowledge dictate what’s good for Florida residents.

  2. Steve

    February 14, 2020 at 5:40 am

    Berenson is Fake Science. What a joke. There will be some sham hearings where actual scientists are not allowed to talk and token debate. Can see where this is going.

    • Lisl unrath

      February 14, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      No cap on thc!don’t these people know you CAN NOT OVERDOSE on CANNABIS or DIE from it!Later makers need a serious education on this subject!

    • Chaz

      February 15, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      It’s been safe for over 4,000 years! Congress is the ones that screwed it up in the first place! And the Feds need to go. I mean some companies paying outrageous taxes and the Feds can come raid them? So stupid you need to be in pain like lots of us have! Do you ever get back pain? How bad can that be? I have that and had 4 surgeries and still have pain and also neck pain all from a accident. Chronic pain. You need to read about all the different strains and what they help. Here I will educate you.go to Amsterdammarijuanaseedcompany.com and you can understand what and why it would be stupid to put a limit on cannabis.

  3. Elisabeth Whetstone

    February 14, 2020 at 5:40 am

    I depend on Medical Cannabis in order to function with less pain. It has taken the place of TEN pharmaceuticals that were destroying my body. By placing a cap on THC, the State of Florida will cause many patients like myself, a 56 year old chronically ill human, to have to intake much larger quantities of cannabis in order to find relief. This seems like a way for the State to make more money without taking compassion into account. Please do not limit THC percentages.

    • Chaz

      February 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      It will just cause peeps to grow it. They have many of indoor plants that will grow well. Check out my link I posted. It’s all about the money with them

  4. Ken

    February 17, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    By now, everybody knows that over regulating or making something illegal only benefits the free market. If they were to cap at 10% THC, the dispensaries would have a hell of a time competing with that bunk! And tax revenue would be lost. The only thing that will stabilize the market is allowing adults to choose between dispensary or cultivation, like they do in Colorado.

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