The legislation to impose THC caps on medical cannabis products in Florida appears to be dead for the session after the House Health and Human Services Committee declined to hear the bill during its Monday meeting, the Miami Herald reports.
Spencer Roach, the Republican bill sponsor, told the Herald that he doesn’t “see a path forward” for the bill but added that “nothing is really dead” until the end of the session.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only statewide elected Democrat and a medical cannabis patient herself, credited the activists that rallied against the proposal and signed petitions opposing the caps.
“That’s what democracy looks like. When we get together, we hear from the people and legislation that would have hurt them is stopped.” – Fried to the Herald
A poll published last month commissioned by Florida for Care found 58% of respondents were against setting limits on THC products; 24% approved of the caps. That poll also found 76% support for the state’s medical cannabis program – a 5% increase from five years ago – with 17% disapproval.
In 2020, the state ranked third in the nation in cannabis sales, generating an estimated $1.3 billion.
The THC cap proposal had been advanced by two House committees prior to hitting the roadblock in the health committee. The Senate version of the bill had been referred to the chamber’s judiciary and appropriations committee last month but neither had taken any action on the legislation.
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