MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) -— A Florida House committee wants to limit the strength of smokable medical marijuana.
Florida lifted a ban on smokable forms of the plant less than a month ago.READ MORE: Parkland first responder weighs in on Uvalde massacre: ‘It’s gut wrenching’
The House Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would limit the strength of marijuana flowers to 10% THC over the objection of patient advocates.
The 12-5 vote was along party lines, with Republicans in favor and Democrats against.READ MORE: Residents fed up with Biscayne Bay parties
Committee Chairman Ray Rodrigues said studies have shown marijuana with THC levels above 10% can induce psychosis in some users and THC levels below that amount have been effective for medical use.
But patient advocates said marijuana with higher THC levels are already on the market, and capping the percentage will hurt patients and boost black market marijuana sales.MORE NEWS: 'Hidden Worlds': An immersive voyage into deepest oceans & mesmerizing mangroves through state-of-the-art technology
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