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OVER 1000 FLORIDIANS CALL ON LEGISLATURE TO OPPOSE A THC TAX ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS

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22 February 2021
Contact: Ben Pollara
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OVER 1000 FLORIDIANS CALL ON LEGISLATURE TO OPPOSE A THC TAX ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS
Proposal to cap THC levels at 10% would result in a 50-150% price increase for Florida Patients

(Coral Gables, FL) - - Since last Friday morning-February 19th- over one thousand Florida patients, caregivers, physicians and patient advocates have signed Florida for Care’s petition to legislative leaders to oppose proposals to cap THC in smokable marijuana sold legally in Florida MMTCs. A 10% cap, which was previously proposed, would result in an average price increase of between 50% and 150% for patients buying smokeable flower.

Florida for Care will deliver the petition, along with the names of those who signed, to Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls, before the start of the 2021 legislation session. The full text of the petition is below:

Mr. President & Mr. Speaker;

We, the undersigned patients, caregivers, physicians and patient advocates, formally request that you reconsider your decisions to allow bills that would cap THC levels in smokeable medical marijuana sold in Florida MMTCs.

While you may believe your intentions to be good, the practical result for patients in Florida will be what is in effect a gigantic tax on medical marijuana. When the legislature first implemented Amendment 2 in 2017, it was a stated goal of members of both chambers, and of both political parties, that medical cannabis be treated as medicine, and not subjected to sales or excise taxes.

We also believe that THC caps will have the opposite of its intended effect, and will quickly result in either patients smoking considerably more medical cannabis and/or being driven to the black market.

Please consider the wellbeing of the nearly half a million patients in this state and the will of the over 71% of Floridians who placed the right to medical marijuana in our state constitution - and block any legislation that would cap THC levels and place an exorbitant tax on patients in Florida.

Thank you,

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The online petition itself, with a running count of the current number of signatories, is available here.

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