Despite the known and documented healing properties of the THC cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, the “high” inducing compound is under fire on a global scale as governments worldwide naively take aim at something they clearly do not understand.
In Florida, voters overwhelmingly approved a new medical marijuana program back in 2016, but then-Governor and full-time-extra-terrestrial-cosplayer Rick Scott immediately signed a ban on any and all forms of smoking cannabis, even for registered medical marijuana patients.
It took until March of this year, and the ousting of the old Gov, to repeal that ignorant affront to the rights of the people and with that sordid piece of weed history in the rear view, residents in the state were already looking ahead to full-scale recreational use legalization as soon as possible.
But the pot prohibitionists in the Sunshine State are not giving up so easily and Republican Rep. Ray Rodrigues thinks that he has found a new way to derail the oncoming train of legalization from his precarious position of being tied to the tracks by his own ideology.
In Rodrigues’s short-sighted legislative attempt, he is trying to impose a 10% THC cap on all smokeable cannabis flower products in a move that he claims is motivated by mental health concerns, but actually reeks of sour grapes from his party’s recent whoopin’ on the smoking ban repeal.
Rodrigues cites the widely-circulated and easily-debunked Lancet study passed around a few weeks back like a soggy joint full of mids that claimed that daily use of high-THC cannabis could lead to fits of psychosis.
The researchers poached their test subjects, ages 18-64, from 11 European psychiatric hospitals. What their study failed to mention, or presumably account for, is the fact that people with psychotic disorders are far more prone than the general public to be consumers of all types of intoxicants, including cannabis.
So the fact that their sample group of first-episode psychosis sufferers happened to contain a significant number of potheads plays right into the reality spelled out above, but does nothing to establish or prove causation – ‘'This patient needs help with mental health and also happens to smoke cannabis’ does not equal ‘This patient needs help with mental health because he/she smokes cannabis’
In fact, the authors of the study admit as much, saying that they are, “assuming causality”.
So, if we are to believe Rodrigues and his infinite wisdom about the cannabis plant, weed that clocks in a 9.99% is medicinal, but anything over 10.01% is an unstoppable threat to society.
Meanwhile, Rodrigues’ bill would allow Florida MMJ patients access to a monthly ration of edible cannabis products that would allow for the consumption of an average of 200mg of THC each day.
For the vast majority of cannabis consumers, eating 200mg of THC could lead a way bigger mindfuck than a joint or bowl full of the highest potency cannabis flowers so this entire effort seems like one last attempt to buzzkill the smoking ban repeal.
Like, yeah you can smoke it…if you don’t like getting baked.
Rodrigues claims that 10% THC content is still plenty to serve a medicinal purpose, as if he knows anything and isn’t just another butthurt politician upset that the pesky voters with their demands and their rights keep getting in his way.
As stupid as the whole thing sounds, there is precedent for such a move. New Jersey has a similar THC cap in place…and neighboring states with thriving cannabis markets thank them for the extra business across the border.
SPEAKING OF THE BORDER
Though not quite as nefarious in nature, lawmakers in Canada are also mulling a new THC law that wouldn’t place caps on products, but instead would base tax rates on the level of the psychoactive cannabinoid contained in the product.
Unlike in Florida where the buffoonery is simply proposed, it is set in stone in Canada and on May 1st customers in the great white north will see substantial changes to their weed receipts if they buy anything other than seeds or buds.
Previously, products were taxed based on weight – an easy task.
But products like extracts, lotions, edibles and other pre-packaged goods that cannot be effectively removed from the packaging for weighing purposes until their actual use have proven tricky for this oversimplified tax system.
So now, starting next month, the higher you want to get, the higher the price will get too.
This new excise tax is a SIN TAX, make no mistake about it. These taxes are typically reserved for goods deemed to be harmful to society. We firmly believe that cannabis does not belong in such a category.
Supporters of the new tax claim to be motivated by a desire to make it easier and more affordable for patients to get access to CBD products. You see, if the tax is based off of THC content, most CBD goods would be exempt from this sin tax due to the fact that they only contain the non-intoxicating Cannabidiol compound.
Check out this excerpt ripped right from the new budgetary language that enacted the new tax:
“Certain low-THC products (e.g., cannabis oils) will also generally be subject to lower excise duties than before, providing further tax relief for cannabis products typically used by individuals for medical purposes.”
Did you catch that? They imply that high-THC products are not medicinal.
Generally speaking, this could not be more incorrect. For many severely ill patients, high doses of THC are their only hope and this new tax scheme will squeeze society’s most vulnerable for every dollar (Canadian) that they’ve got.
This demonization of THC is being echoed by a dwindling number of cannabis critics and pot prohibitionists, but it is their last resort. Like cornered rats they will lash out again and again with this one last tattered remnant of Reefer Madness days gone by.
We are winning! But defending THC will become a major front in the ongoing War on Weed.