In Florida, qualifying patients can obtain a medical marijuana prescription—but some state lawmakers don’t want them getting too high.
On Friday, Republican state Sen. Gayle Harrell filed an amendment banning medical marijuana with THC levels exceeding 10 percent potency for patients under the age of 21. According to the Miami Herald, Florida’s medical cannabis law currently “places a limit on the amount of THC in edible products only, which may only contain 10 mg of THC per serving and 200 mg in total,” levels that are “much higher than what most patients would normally consume.”
“I have been very concerned about this,” Harrell told the Miami Herald. “You’re seeing increasing percentages of THC in marijuana. This is not your granddaddy’s marijuana from the ‘60s.”
More than 70 percent of Florida voters approved a measure in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana. John Morgan, a Florida attorney who helped finance that campaign, told the Herald that the 10 percent cap on THC is nothing more than “an attempt to help the pharmaceutical industry.”
“Are they banning Oxycontin levels to people 21 and under? Are they banning Percocet or Xanax?” Morgan said. “The opioid epidemic was created on the backs