Prohibitionists want THC-limit laws

Proposals to cap the amount of THC in cannabis flower and concentrates have been gaining traction in a number of state legislatures, and earlier this week the idea reached the federal level.

In a report released on Wednesday, the US Senate’s Caucus on International Narcotics Control recommended looking into THC caps on state-legal, regulated products. Politico was first to break the news of the report, which was led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), co-chairs of the Senate caucus. Cornyn and Feinstein are longtime opponents of cannabis legalization.

Most cannabis flower in America’s legal regulated markets ranges between 18% and 23% THC. Cannabis concentrates, including vape cartridge oils and dabbing products like wax, shatter, and distillate typically contain THC levels from 70% to 90%.

Proposals to limit THC levels often aim to cap the allowable level of THC at 15% or lower. THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, but it is not the only psychoactive cannabinoid. The legal definition of hemp, which cannot go above 0.3% THC, is the fullest expression of a THC cap currently in place in the United States.

Public Safety at Issue

Proponents of these THC caps—who are often the same politicians who stood against legalization and lost—contend that limiting THC levels will increase public safety. Pushing back are many cannabis experts and legalization advocates, who say THC caps will cause far greater harm by forcing consumers back to illegal markets.

A return to unregulated marketplaces is troublesome, particularly when it comes to vape cartridge oils. The 2019 EVALI/VAPI health crisis was caused by illegal-market vape cartridge manufacturers introducing  toxic thinners into their products.

Forcing Patients to Purchase More

Florida for Care Executive Director Ben Pollara, the legalization advocate who helped lead Florida’s successful medical marijuana campaign in 2016, pointed out another problem in a recent op-ed published in the Fort Myers News-Press.

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