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Sen. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, has introduced a measure to cap the THC concentration on all medical marijuana products at 10% — but only for patients under 21 unless they are terminally ill.

Harrell, who chairs the Health Policy Committee, filed the to a sweeping committee bill () 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.

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"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.

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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.”

2020年欧冠赛程表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. 

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.

2020年欧冠赛程表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.

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

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