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Florida Legislature Won't Cap the THC Levels in Medical Marijuana After All

Florida Legislature Won't Cap the THC Levels in Medical Marijuana After All

Florida Pheonix, by Lloyd Dunkelberger

A plan to limit medical marijuana’s potency went up in smoke as the 2019 Legislature moves to a conclusion.

Earlier this spring, lawmakers passed a bill and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law, allowing Floridians who have debilitating diseases to smoke medical marijuana. Advocates say the law carries out of the will of Florida voters who overwhelmingly approved a 2016 state constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana.

But later in the legislative session, the Florida House advanced a bill to limit the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the chemical agent that causes the high – to no more than 10 percent in whole-flower products. But the bill (HB 7117) stalled.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried opposed the legislation.

 

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