House panel to weigh pot potency

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The bill would place a 10% THC cap on smokable marijuana.

A House panel Tuesday will take up a controversial bill that would make changes in Florida’s medical-marijuana laws, including limiting the amount of euphoria-inducing THC in marijuana products.

The House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee is scheduled to consider the proposal (HB 1455), filed by Republican Rep. Spencer Roach of North Fort Myers. A similar bill (SB 1958) was filed this week in the Senate by Estero Republican Ray Rodrigues.

The Senate has blocked similar proposals during the past two years, but Senate President Wilton Simpson has said he thinks many senators could support the proposal this year.

In part, Roach’s bill would place a 10% THC cap on smokable marijuana. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive component of marijuana that makes users feel high.

Medical-marijuana advocates and industry officials are fighting the proposals, arguing caps would force patients to spend more money to achieve the same effects from their medical treatment.

Supporters of caps contend that high-potency marijuana has negative mental-health effects, especially on the developing brain.

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  • Tjb

    March 8, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Perhaps the bill should also restrict the alcohol content in ALL liquor to be less 10%. Rep. Roach’s bill would only cause people to buy more dangerous drugs illegally.

  • Joseph Bland

    March 9, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Yes I feel as though putting a cap or tax on medically needed marijuana thc is just plain stupid, here it’s been proven that medical marijuana can help heal things that this government has allowed such as fast food chains with processed foods, alcohol, pharmaceuticals drugs, all has a lot to do with the break down of the ppl in this society, now discovered after all these years which I feel that this government already new that marijuana is good to help with these illnesses is being watered down for what, why don’t this so called system allow ppl who really need the help be healed naturally, instead make it impossible to get or to use for assisting with all these life threatening issues that are causing real people to suffer, such as anxiety, pain, epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, etc.. we the people are asking for some help in being able to afford the help that’s needed to make our health and medically needed issues addressed. We vote so you representatives can help the people of there states. It would be so much better if representatives could really hear the people’s cry for help, not just make laws for there own goods. Represent the people for a change!!!

  • Hope

    March 17, 2021 at 3:31 am

    My physician prescribes my medication. No politics should be allowed to say how much a of something my physician can prescribe. NO to HB 1455!!! There is more important things to fix in Florida than putting a Cap on THC!! Let’s be real here. I couldn’t manage my pain or depression and aniexty with my medical marijuana. Please don’t hurt me or other Florida Medical Marijuana Patients, with this bill!!!!!!

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