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Sen. Gayle Harrell slips 10% THC cap on medical marijuana into health care bill

Jeffrey Schweers
Tallahassee Democrat
2020年欧冠赛程表) on Friday.

The move comes days after Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, a U.S. Army veteran, stood before the Senate Chamber doors with a band of military brothers and sisters vowing to hold the line against THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, caps.

More:Sen. Jeff Brandes enlists combat vets in fight against limiting THC in medical marijuana

2020年欧冠赛程表"Physicians understand much better than the legislature what's best for their patients," Brandes said in a text message Friday. "Let's let doctors weigh benefits and risks for their patients and focus the Senate on solving real problems."

2020年欧冠赛程表Brandes added that there is not enough support in the Senate for such a measure to pass, although Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, has said earlier this session he was open to considering a THC Cap. Harrell's cap on patients under 21 is consistent with Galvano's expressed views on tobacco and vaping products.

2020年欧冠赛程表Some kind of measure to cap THC had been expected since before the start of session. House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, told reporters that he wanted to see a general cap on tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in all medical marijuana products.

2020年欧冠赛程表“I think it’s important that we pass it," Oliva said. "We’re seeing different strains. Now in Europe, there are strains that are 100 times stronger."  

From the Florida Channel:Press Availability with House Speaker Jose Oliva

2020年欧冠赛程表Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 allowing full potency-THC in medical marijuana; THC is the psychoactive ingredient that causes marijuana’s “high.”

But a measure was first introduced last year by Rep. Ray Rodrigues, a Republican from Estero now running for State Senate, to limit THC to 10%, citing a Lancet medical journal article that linked higher potencies to psychosis and schizophrenia. 

Ray Rodrigues /
Florida House /
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2020年欧冠赛程表That effort cleared the House and was rejected by the Senate. 

Most marijuana flower has around 25% THC, while tinctures and vaping extracts can be as high as 90%. Harrell's measure would prevent doctors from prescribing doses of medical marijuana over 10% to patients under 21 unless they have a terminal condition.

It also would prevent dispensaries from selling any medical cannabis products with a THC concentration of more than 10 % to qualified patients between 18 and 21, their caregiver, or to the caregiver of a patient younger than 18.

2020年欧冠赛程表The bill is scheduled for a hearing at noon Monday before the Senate Rules Committee.

Rep. Carlos G. Smith

2020年欧冠赛程表"This is a terrible idea," Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, posted on Twitter. "I OPPOSE placing THC caps on legal medical cannabis!"

Contact Jeff Schweers at jschweers@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @jeffschweers.

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