Florida legislative panel wants 10% THC limit on smokable medical marijuana

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A Florida House committee wants to limit the strength of smokable medical marijuana to 10% THC, a development that likely would dampen retail sales.

The House Health and Human Services Committee approved the bill Wednesday over the objections of patient advocates, just weeks after the state lifted a ban on smokable forms of the plant.

Opponents argue that marijuana with higher THC levels are already on the market and that capping the percentage would hurt patients and boost black-market marijuana sales.

The 12-5 vote was along party lines, with Republicans in favor and Democrats against.

Committee chair Ray Rodrigues, a Republican, claimed studies have shown marijuana with THC levels above 10% can induce psychosis in some users and THC levels below that amount have been effective for medical use.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily

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