Talk of THC Caps Raises Alarm
What West Seattle’s Medical Marijuana Users Need to Know
If you read the cannabis press or subscribe to a cannabis industry newsletter like Ganjapreneur, surely you have seen the headlines of late warning about caps on THC percentages now being introduced as legislation in states such as Florida and Colorado, and being discussed on the federal level. In Florida, for example, bill #1485 has been introduced to limit smokable forms of cannabis to a maximum of 10% THC content, and all other forms of medical marijuana products to 16%.
10% weed sounds like a buzzkill for those who use cannabis for recreation, but for those who use it for medical purposes, this bill truly hurts. Higher THC content has proven to work better with those who need pain relief, for example, than lower THC content. For those patients that prefer to smoke, most of whom do so for the instant effect, a 10% bud might get them stoned but it won’t have the same level of physical effect – the numbing of the chronic pain, for example – as a bud with 20%-plus THC content might have.
Even Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz (R) is against THC caps. According to an article he published in the Tallahassee Democrat, Gaetz identifies the pain that THC caps would inflict on medical marijuana users and the cannabis industry. Here is his creative lede:
“I like some caps: Welfare caps. Refugee admission caps. MAGA caps.
THC caps are a different story.
HB 1455, a misguided proposal to significantly lower the THC cap on medical cannabis, is currently making its way through the Florida Legislature. This bill would harm patients, discourage innovation and threaten liberty.”
There’s a first for everything in this world and for everyone – quoting Gaetz in a blog post is a first. His opinion here is important though, because of its focus on medical patients and because it reveals the level of drama going on behind the scenes in Florida.
Canna West Seattle’s owners have deep roots in medical marijuana. These THC cap discussions have piqued their interest, which is why we published this blog post. As a medical or recreational customer they want you to know this – they have your back and will fight against THC caps if these discussions start to crop up in the state of Washington. They will stand up for the rights of all medical marijuana consumers. Too much progress has been made over the last decade on the expanding legalization of medical marijuana. We won’t let bad research stop that progress.