Senators align hemp bill with House product in final committee
The state has great expectations for its hemp program, approved in 2019.

THC caps are gone, as is the 'synthetic derived cannabinoid' ban.

A hemp bill that once imposed onerous THC caps and a controversial ban on synthetic derived cannabinoids was changed in the House, and now the Senate version matches that bill.

Members of the Senate Fiscal Policy committee included a strike-all amendment that cut both items, mirroring a move in the House earlier this week.

The end result is a product that maintains age limits for purchase and usage, as well as a ban on packaging that’s “attractive to children.” But the essential product itself will largely be unchanged in the wake of intense and sustained pushback from the in-state hemp industry.

Sen. Colleen Burton’s legislation (SB 1676) originally envisioned a limit of 0.5 milligrams of THC per dose, or 2 milligrams per container, a proposal which rankled the hemp industry. The complaint was that the seemingly arbitrary limit would impact people who use the product for medical purposes, and would have placed burdens on producers and marketers that would have made commercial hemp cost-prohibitive.

“Very important to all of us, it protects Florida’s children,” Burton said.

In introducing the bill, Burton didn’t discuss the amendment in great detail. The Lakeland Republican noted the bill held hemp products to the same standard as food products, and sought to curb “hemp edibles” making their way to minors, adding “consumer safety” provisions including testing of the product.

As was the case in the House committee, audience members waived comment in support for the most part, a change from more fractious hearings earlier in the bill’s evolution. Industry stakeholders and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were present in favor of the bill.

One speaker complained, however, saying the bill “basically legalizes recreational marijuana” as part of extended warnings about “the dangers of THC.”

The bill still deals primarily with food and food safety, and does not affect creams, lotions, shampoos and other “non-ingestible hemp products.”

HB 1475, sponsored by Rep. Will Robinson, likewise has cleared its committees and is poised for a floor hearing. With the controversial provisions cleaned up and the bills aligned, lawmakers will likely approve these measures this Session.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    April 20, 2023 at 10:37 am

    “Very important to all of us, it protects Florida’s children,” Burton said.

    And yet these same people are perfectly happy with an insane permitless carry law in a country where guns are the leading cause of death in children.

    These GOP Ghouls are full of so much bullshi*t. They don’t give a single flying Fck about kids.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 20, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    Well Happy 420 Day! Too bad Rhonda’s Panties will take a dump on this.

  • Earl Pitts American

    April 20, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    I, Earl Pitts “Political Go To Guru” American had to meet with House and Senate leadership to enlighten them to the Earl Pitts Americian New And Improved Majic of Hemp. And my efforts have totally paid off for the citizens of Florida.

    They were dead set against raising the levels of stuff in the Hemp products that “gets ya high” (AKA THC) because they thought productive citizens would quit their jobs, stay home, get zonked on weed and just play with themselves all day.
    I, Earl Pitts American schooled them on the facts below:
    1. Less than 20% of the population really benifits from weed. Most have a terminal illness and as a result suffer great pain which high THC weed can help with. Ramp up the THC for them.
    2. Doctors these days basically perscribe medical weed to any and everybody that asks for it.
    3. 80% out of all non terminal illness weed percriptions are written to dook 4 brains leftists, who in no way need weed, but just want to get high. I, Earl Pitts “Political Go To Guru” American explained how the ramped THC levels will help the 20% who really need it. And the remaining 80% who dont really need Hemp at all, [remember they are all mostly dook 4 brains lefiists] will spend their days totally zonked out on that “premo bud” killer weed with totally unlimited THC levels basically playing with themselves all day. Dook 4 brains leftists are all non productive drags on the workforce so they wont be missed.
    Now in my presentation was the time I closed the deal….I got down to what sealed taking THC levels off the charts – When I explained the dook 4 brains leftists would stay so zonked out on our “New And Improved Florida Killer Weed” they would be unable to coherently oppose our “We Know Whats Best” conservative initiaves at all levels of governance… was as if the light of great wisdom and knowledge all of a sudden switched on in their heads.
    From now on its unlimited THC for the formerally annoying dook 4 brains leftists in Florida!!!!
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “Political Go To Guru” American

  • Ron Kirkland

    April 21, 2023 at 9:55 am

    Comments are all over the place. Grant the doctors not politicians decide what the patients need! Cannabis has always been good medicine for those in need. Crazy how reefer madness still exist???

  • dale

    April 22, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    phone 1450-594-7026 has call restrictions preventing my call to be completed ? i need answer on prices some post $8 gram then on add to cart see 1 gram $30 1.5 gram $40 only option 1.5 gram only option?

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