Vermont lawmakers aren’t ready to accept an increase in THC in cannabis products
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) remains one of the most discussed components of cannabis today. While the compound is very beneficial in some areas of health, its psychoactive effects are causing lawmakers to sit down and talk about its use. In Vermont, it appears that the laws related to THC will not change. State lawmakers gave the go-ahead to a measure yesterday that keeps limits on high-potency cannabis intact even as some officials and activists make efforts to remove them. Many continue to believe the limits could undermine the soon-to-open legal marijuana market.
Last month it was announced that the Senate passed a bill repealing the THC limits. The House, in a new effort, has wanted to restore the limits, and this measure has also had no trouble receiving Senate approval. S.188 has now packed its bags to head to Governor Phil Scott’s desk.
Even though opposition to potency limits is clear from lawmaker Dick Sears, the senator said he supported the proposal since House lawmakers were unwilling to budge. The bill contained other needed adjustments to the state’s cannabis law. “Having caps will hurt us, but that’s a fight for another day,” he said.
Many medical groups have made several calls for caps to become a reality, pointing out that high-potency cannabis has a connection to emergency room visits and substance use disorder. Still, it is worth noting that these limits on legal products will put licensed cannabis producers at a disadvantage. Many black market sellers and legal retailers in neighboring states without limits will not hesitate to take advantage of the opportunity.