A bill to limit the amount of THC in medical marijuana has cleared its first hurdle in the Florida House of Representatives. HB 1455 was approved by the Subcommittee on Employment and Public Health on Wednesday, allowing it to move forward to final approval in the Florida House of Representatives and the House of Representatives.
TH, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most important psychoactive substance in cannabis, which is causing a stir. The bill states that patients may not be prescribed more than 15,000 mg THC per 35 days and limit the percentage to 10% THC content per product, all of this would have to be confirmed by a qualified physician. If a patient is diagnosed with an incurable disease, the doctor must certify the THC efficacy of marijuana.
Republican Spencer Roach (R), who supported the bill, said the THC content of medical marijuana is currently between 15 and 25 percent. Over-prescription drugs, doctor shopping, and misuse of medical cannabis are common in Florida, according to the Department of Health.
"The difference is that we can learn from that experience now and be able to protect the 500,000 Floridians who use medical marijuana", Roach said Tuesday. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried previously said that "limiting the THC content of medical cannabis could force patients to look for alternatives on the black market". "What we saw was 15 years ago when we looked at the opioid crisis and we pretended it was medical marijuana has improved patients' quality of life and helped ease the state's symptoms".
Fried said that "introducing an arbitrary THC limit would limit the effect of the flower and increase costs for patients, which could force them to look for alternatives on the black market". The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for a vote, and other committees are likely to approve it.