Some Florida lawmakers consider capping amount of THC in medical marijuana – ABC7 News

Some lawmakers are worried Florida medical marijuana patients are getting too high or even addicted to weed.

Now, they are considering capping the amount of THC a patient can legally have access to.

As it stands, THC ranges 15% to 25% in medical marijuana. But some Florida lawmakers want to reduce the amount of THC to just 10%.

Steven Shea is a medical marijuana patient who carries his state medical card that he and others like him must renew annually. He said he has personally seen the results medical pot can have.

“My mom spent roughly 5 years fighting against lung and brain cancer,” Shea he said.

He opposes any cap on the amount of THC in pot.

“I don’t know any medical professional who would come in and say ‘hey we’re going to cap the amount you can get in order to help with what you’re going through,”’ Shea said.

Dr. Bertha Madras is a professor of psychobiology from Harvard Medical School and told lawmakers in Tallahassee Tuesday that marijuana has not gone through a rigorous FDA process compared to other drugs.

Dr. Madras also warned lawmakers of her concern with the high THC levels patients have access to.

“The consequences are a greater high. There’s more tolerance that can develop. There is a more addictive potential,” Dr. Madras said.

However not everyone agrees.

“Marijuana is medicine — it helps relieve symptoms of debilitating conditions and improves patients’ quality of life. Installing an arbitrary THC cap will limit the impact of the flower and increase costs, which could force patients to seek alternatives on the black market,” said Nikki Fried, Florida commissioner of agriculture. “Decisions about treatment should be left between doctors and patients, not politicians.”

Dr. Heather Auld runs the Compassionate Cannabis Clinic in Fort Myers. She is against capping THC.

“What if we gave the same dose of antibiotic to everybody — would that be the right thing? What if we gave the same antibiotic to everybody. Would that be ok? I don’t think so,” Dr. Auld said.

She feared watering down the potency could have consequences for many patients.

“Capping it at 10% would really push a big segment into the black market again number one,” Dr. Auld said.

She invited any lawmaker considering the cap to join her on the job.

“Follow me a day in my office, and they’ll see the patients that we have, and they’ll see that they got off their narcotics,” Dr. Auld said.

Currently, there is no bill to cap THC. There was one introduced in 2020, and it failed to gain any steam.

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