Veterans group opposing medical marijuana THC caps

On Monday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill making the state's medical marijuana program permanent. (MGN)
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By: Capitol News Service
February 25, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) — A group of veterans joined a state senator in condemning a bill moving through the House that would put a 10% THC cap on medical marijuana products Tuesday.

The veterans, part of the Veterans Cannabis Project, fear limiting the amount of THC in medicinal cannabis would reduce its effectiveness for treating ailments many of them suffer, like PTSD.

State Senator Jeff Brandes said it could force veterans to go to the black market.

“Limiting THC would reduce the amount of medical effectiveness of cannabis and would cause many veterans to rely on unsafe, untested options, including moving to the illicit market to manage their needs," Brandes said. "The cap and regulations would also cause medical cannabis' costs to skyrocket."

Brandes said the Senate is holding strong and has no appetite for the legislation, but Senate President Bill Galvano said in a December interview the Senate may consider THC caps.

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