Lawmakers look at limiting marijuana highs

Florida patients can now smoke medical marijuana, but some Republican legislative leaders want to put a limit on how high they can get when lighting up.

The House is considering a proposal that would cap THC levels in medical marijuana at 10 percent, Rep. Ray Rodrigues, an Estero Republican, said in an interview with The News Service of Florida.

No bill has been filed, and Rodrigues, who’s shepherded medical-marijuana legislation in the House since low-THC cannabis was first authorized in 2014, said legislation is still “up in the air.”

“But it’s something we still think is important,” Rodrigues said.

Also, it hasn’t been determined yet whether the cap would only apply to smokable cannabis or other medical marijuana products as well.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana that produces a euphoric effect.

“We think there should be caps on THC,” Rodrigues said this week.

Senate President Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican, said in a text message Thursday that the Senate would support imposing caps on THC levels, but “would have to understand more before making a determination” about what the caps would be and whether they should apply only to smokable cannabis.


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